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Iditarod: news from the trail

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March 18, 2015

  • Top 5 at 5:06 PM CDT:  1-Dallas Seavey (bib 46), 2-Mitch Seavey (bib 18), 3-Aaron Burmeister (bib 63), 4-Jessie Royer (bib 3), Aliy Zirkle (bib 32).
  • Jim Lanier (bib #13) of Chugiak , Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Unalakleet at 10:00 am AKDT. Jim had 14 dogs in harness.

March 17, 2015

  • Katherine Keith (bib #74) of Kotzebue , Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Unalakleet at 9:35am AKDT. Katherine had 9 dogs in harness.
  • Jan Steves (bib #45) of Edmonds, Washington, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Huslia at 8:00 am AKDT. Jan had 14 dogs in harness.

March 16, 2015

  • Top 5 at 6:30 AM CDT:  1-Dallas Seavey (bib 46), 2-Aaron Burmeister (bib 63), 3-Mitch Seavey (bib 18), 4-Aliy Zirkle (bib 32), and 5-Jessie Royer (bib 3).

March 15, 2015

  • Ellen Halverson (bib #35) of Wasilla, Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Galena at 4:02 PM AKDT. Ellen had 9 dogs in harness.

March 14, 2015

  • Philip Walters (bib #51) of Eagle River, Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Galena at 11:45PM AKDT. Phillip had 12 dogs in harness.
  • Top 5 at 4:09 PM CDT:  1-Aliy Zirkle (bib 32), 2-Jeff King (bib 59), 3-Mitch Seavey (bib 18), 4-Aaron Burmeister (bib 63), and 5-Dallas Seavey (bib 46).
  • Gerald Sousa (bib #44) of Talkeetna, Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Galena at 10:00am AKDT with 13 dogs in harness.

March 13, 2015

  • Christine Roalofs (bib #62) of Anchorage, Alaska, made the decision to scratch at the checkpoint in Ruby at 11:10pm AKDT with 13 dogs in harness.

March 12, 2015

  • A 3-year-old male named Wyatt in the team of Lance Mackey, bib #30, died suddenly earlier this afternoon between Tanana and Ruby. March 12, 2015.  The cause of death is unknown.
  • Gwenn Bogart, (bib #14) of Wasilla, Alaska scratched at Tanana checkpoint, this morning at 11:28 am.

March 11, 2015

  • Zoya Denure, (bib #79) of Delta Junction, Alaska scratched at Tanana checkpoint, this morning at 11:10 am

March 10, 2015

  • Race Veteran Brent Sass from Eureka, Alaska, was disqualified from Iditarod XLIII earlier this evening in Tanana by Race Marshal Mark Nordman for a violation of rule 35; specifically for carrying a two-way communication device. Rule 35 reads as follows: Electronic Devices: No two-way communication device, including cell phones, shall be carried or used unless provided by ITC. Use of any electronic communication or tracking device shall not be permitted unless provided by the ITC. While a musher may carry a one-way emergency device such as an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), a Spot™, or other similar satellite tracking device, activation of any help or emergency signal, including accidental activation, will make a musher ineligible to continue and will result in an automatic withdrawal from the race. Night vision goggles are not allowed. Use of GPS is permitted.

Dallas Seavey is the 2015 Iditarod Champion

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IDITAROD XLIII Musher Dallas Seavey (Bib # 46) of Willow, Alaska arrived into Nome, Alaska and crossed under the burled arch at 04:13 a.m. AKDT.  Seavey’s team traveled the Iditarod Trail in 8 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 6 seconds.

Seavey had 10 dogs in harness, claiming his third Iditarod Championship in four (4) years, $70,000 in cash and a new 2015 Dodge Ram truck.

Thousands of fans lined the street to greet Dallas and his team on an early morning in Nome.

Congratulations Dallas!

Iditarod 2015 ceremonial start today

iditarod logo 2Each year, I look forward to tracking the teams competing in the Iditarod sled race up in Alaska.  This year is no different.

The ceremonial start is just a few hours away.  It’ll kick off at 1:00 p.m. CT in Anchorage.  Mushers and their teams will run 11 miles from Anchorage to the Campbell Airstrip.

The official start of the 979 mile race is on Monday in Fairbanks.  The first checkpoint is in Nenana, a 60 mile run.  The start location was changed to Fairbanks from Willow due to warm temperatures and lack of snow.  Today the concern may be fresh snow on the new route.

Hopefully the trail conditions are better this year.  In some areas last year, the trails were lacking sufficient snow, resulting in beaten up teams and broken equipment.  Some of the mushers called it quits.

One guy who didn’t call it quits was Dallas Seavey.  No, he’s not only known for appearing in National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska”, he’s also two-time Iditarod Champion.

In 2012, at 25 years old, Dallas Seavey became the youngest Iditarod Champion.  In 2014, Dallas won his second Iditarod title with a winning time of 8 days, 13 hours, 29 minutes – a new Iditarod record.

Besides adding to his own impressive record, Dallas has a legacy to live up to.  His father and grandfather are both mushers.  His father, Mitch, is also a two-time Iditarod Champion, winning in 2004 and 2013.

Is Dallas my favorite this year?  I’ve not decided yet.  I’ll save that for Monday.