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  • 53 Iditarod dogs stranded, stuck, then saved near Seattle

    03/29/2016 6:24:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    KOMO NEWS ^ | 29 MARCH 2016 | KOMO NEWS
    SEATTLE -- Fifty-three Iditarod race dogs ended up on an unexpected detour south of Seattle Tuesday. The dogs are part of four Norwegian sled teams and were headed home from Anchorage when they ran into issues with flying from Alaska, said Dag Olsen, one of the team mushers. When faced with that hurdle, the quickest, most affordable option became renting a large truck and making the 2,500 mile trek to catch the Seattle-to-Norway flight. "They said, 'if you must go now, OK, we can give you one flight, but you must pay $80,000 to $100,000.' I have not so much...
  • UPDATE: Snowmachiner faces assault, criminal mischief charges after striking dogs(Iditarod)

    03/13/2016 12:26:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies ^ | March 12, 2016 | Kyle Hopkins and Tulsi Patil / KTUU
    UPDATE: A 26-year-old Nulato man says he was returning home from Koyukuk after a night of drinking when he struck Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King's teams in the early hours of Saturday with his snowmachine. Arnold Demoski told Channel 2 News that when he woke up this morning and heard what happened to the mushers, he checked his snowmachine and knew he'd done it. The 2016 Ski-Doo was missing a cowling, or hood. Fresh, rust-colored stains marked the siding. Demoski says he does not remember the collisions, which the Iditarod described as apparently intentional attacks. He also says he did...
  • Snowmachiner says he killed Iditarod dog while driving drunk

    03/12/2016 1:29:41 PM PST · by skeptoid · 38 replies
    Anchorage Dispatch News ^ | March 12, 2016 | Suzanna Caldwell
    Iditarod officials said a snowmachine attack on two top Iditarod teams has left one dog dead and several injured. Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle and Denali Park’s Jeff King reported a snowmachiner repeatedly attempted to harm their dog teams as they traveled to the Yukon River checkpoint of Nulato early Saturday morning. King’s team was struck, according to a press release from the Iditarod Trail Committee, resulting in the death of 3-year-old Nash and non-life threatening injuries to two others: 2-year-old Banjo and 3-year-old Crosby. A dog in Zirkle’s team also received a non-life threatening injury. The dog was not...

    03/12/2016 11:50:17 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    AP ^ | 12 Mar 2016 | DAN JOLING
    The snowmobile hit the side of Zirkle's sled at 5 miles (8.05 kilometers)out of Koyukuk, turned around multiple times and came back at her before driving off, King, a four-time Iditarod champion, was behind Zirkle and fared worse. When King reached the vicinity, he was struck from behind by the snowmobile and at least three of his dogs were hit.
  • Iditarod: The Inconvenient Truth

    03/03/2016 3:29:12 PM PST · by George - the Other · 10 replies
    George F. Spicka ^ | March 3, 2016 | George F. Spicka
    You’ve probably heard all the clucking about trucking in snow for the Iditarod Sled Race, but you probably haven’t heard this - “The climate of the interior of Alaska is best described as extreme and is the best example of a true subarctic climate.” – Wikipedia “Most subarctic climates have very little precipitation, typically no more than 380 mm (15 in) over an entire year. Away from the coasts, precipitation occurs mostly in the warmer months.” – Wikepedia 1) In other words, the interior of Alaska, where Iditarod runs through, is a desert. To help visualize this, imagine California’s Death...
  • Sneak peek at Lance Mackey documentary

    02/26/2015 6:34:12 PM PST · by skeptoid · 1 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Suzanna Caldwell
    THE GREAT ALONE - official trailer Suzanna Caldwell February 25, 2015 Greg Kohs’ independently produced documentary follows four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey along the 2013 trail, where he went on to place 19th. It also traces back to his early life, with family interviews, including dad and 1978 Iditarod champion Dick Mackey, along with his hard-scrabble rise over the years to becoming a legendary dog musher.
  • Lance Mackey arrested for driving without valid license, insurance

    04/06/2014 3:29:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 9 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
    Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey was arrested near Fairbanks on Saturday for violating conditions of release in a pending 2013 DUI case by driving without a valid license, the Alaska State Troopers said.
  • From lounging on the FL coast to running the Iditarod in 16d, 16h, 48 m: where'd I leave my boots?

    02/17/2014 5:10:51 AM PST · by ElenaM · 3 replies
    FB update ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Danny Seavey
    From lounging on the FL coast to running the Iditarod trail in 16 days, 16 hours, 48 minutes: where'd I leave my boots? Danny Seavey For those of you who don't know, I'm not racing dogs this winter. My wife, daughters, and I left Alaska last fall and have been touring the East Coast, starting in Maine and moving south as the weather gets colder. I woke up in Pensacola, Florida this morning, am currently wearing flip flops, have as much of a tan as I ever have and a pocket full of Allikz's seashells. I think I've adapted quite...
  • PETA apologizes to Iditarod musher from Alaska

    04/08/2013 10:29:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has apologized to an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher whose dog died at a checkpoint. PETA last month accused Fairbanks musher Paige Drobny of leaving her dog unattended and said she should be criminally prosecuted. …
  • Pet Detectives Capture Iditarod Dog on the Lam in East King Co. for 6 Weeks

    05/02/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    King5 ^ | April 30, 2012 | Susan Wyatt
    Pet detectives from Missing Pet Partnership have once again returned a beloved pet to her owners. MPP recovered a skittish husky-mix named Smilla, who, after running in the Iditarod in Alaska, ran her own race throughout eastern King County. Here's their account:: Smilla, who lives in Norway, flew to Alaska in February to run the Iditarod sled race. However, luck was not on the side of her rookie handler, Silvia Furtwangler. On February 9th, one of Furtwangler’s sled dogs “Whistler” escaped while Furtwangler was driving through Anchorage. Whistler was ultimately recovered with “enchiladas and roast beef” (story here )....
  • The Big Picture: News stories in photographs -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2012 (29 pics)

    03/18/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies ^ | 3/16/12
    The 40th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an end earlier this week in Nome, Alaska. Dallas Seavey, 25, bested both his father and his grandfather with his team of nine dogs, becoming the youngest musher ever to win the nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaskan wilderness. His winnings included $50,000 and a new truck. Gathered here are images from the Iditarod and other events from around the globe.(29 photos total)
  • At 25, Dallas Seavey of Alaska is youngest musher to win Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    03/14/2012 11:57:22 AM PDT · by Altariel · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2012 | AP
    NOME, Alaska — Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday evening, becoming the youngest musher to win the nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska. Seavey turned 25 on March 4, the day the race officially started north of Anchorage. He was the first musher to reach Nome, his nine dogs trotting under the famous burled-arch finish line in the Bering Sea coastal community at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday.
  • First Alaska Native wins Iditarod since 1976

    03/15/2011 10:19:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 15 Mar 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    John Baker won the storied Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in record time on Tuesday while becoming the first Alaska Native champion since 1976. He shattered the course record by three hours, finishing the 1,100-mile race in eight days, 19 hours and 46 minutes. The previous record had been set in 2002 by four-time champion Martin Buser. Driving a team of 10 trotting dogs, Baker sledded along snow-covered Front Street in Nome, Alaska, as he approached the finish line marked by a polished, knotted wood arch. He was greeted by drummers and dancers from his Inupiat tribe, and a large...
  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in Alaska

    03/05/2011 2:08:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/5/11 | Mary Pemberton - AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The streets of downtown Anchorage were filled with barking dogs and screaming fans Saturday as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race got under way with a rollicking sprint through Alaska's biggest city. The ceremonial start of the world's longest sled dog race is always a festive affair in which one of the city's main streets becomes crowded with dog teams and people seeking to greet their favorite mushers and bid them good luck in the 1,150-mile race to Nome.
  • Alaska senators upset over TSA's Iditarod decision

    02/19/2011 12:55:44 PM PST · by Daffynition · 43 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Feb 18 2011 | staff reporter
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska's two U.S. senators are upset over the Transportation Security Administration's decision to cancel plans — under pressure from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — to recruit potential employees with a publicity campaign at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

    03/17/2010 6:56:53 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 7 replies · 623+ views ^ | 3/16/10 @ 4:32 pm | Iditarod Staff
    IDITAROD XXXVIII Musher Lance Mackey (Bib # 49) arrived in Nome Alaska at 2:59 pm Alaska Time with 11 dogs, and is the first musher in Iditarod Race history to win four back to back Iditarod Championships. Mackey gave all the credit to his team and his leaders… especially his three year old female Maple (last year’s Golden Harness winner).Mackey also recognized the fact that there were no less than four other mushers that battled him all the way to White Mountain. Even then, Mackey’s battle wasn’t over as the 2010 Yukon Quest Champion, Hans Gatt, continued to gain on...
  • Hot water and great pies: Takotna has what mushers need

    03/12/2010 9:37:23 PM PST · by skeptoid · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | audio/Kyle Hopkins, photos/Bob Hallinen
    Checkpoint Takotna on the Iditarod trail is a favorite rest spot for many mushers. Good location, tasty food and delicious pies are all there.
  • Iditarod Madness, Doggie Style

    03/09/2010 6:34:22 AM PST · by Kensy1 · 2 replies · 74+ views
    PR Inside ^ | March 7, 2010 | Bo Hoefinger
    March Madness has begun. I’m not talking about college basketball; I’m a dog after all. No, it’s the first weekend in March and that means only one thing to all pups across the world. It’s time to put the stuffed toys and tuggie ropes away and focus on the Iditarod dog sled race. The longest and most grueling dog sled event of the year has just begun and I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and answers so you are well informed when discussing the subject at the local fire hydrant tomorrow morning. What does Iditarod mean?
  • Dog from Lance Mackey's sled team missing in Anchorage [Iditarod]

    02/27/2010 11:31:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 779+ views
    ktuu ^ | February 26, 2010
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Friday evening was a tough night for Iditarod champion Lance Mackey, after one of his lead dogs went missing in Anchorage. Mackey says the dog, Girlfriend, jumped out of her truck kennel Thursday night and took off in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott on Spenard Road. He says she was last seen near International Airport Road and Jewel Lake Road. Mackey says he can run the Iditarod without her, but it won't be easy because she's a leader and a veteran. "You know, these are my children," Mackey said. "And even though she don't belong...
  • Mackey misses court appearance

    02/14/2010 2:29:46 PM PST · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 263+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 13th, 2010 11:39 PM | KYLE HOPKINS
    YUKON QUEST: He thought he had later date for drug charge. Reigning Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey missed an Anchorage court appearance for a minor marijuana possession charge Friday while racing the Yukon Quest, according to an online court records database. Mackey is a throat cancer survivor who carries a medical marijuana card and has admitted to using pot on the Iditarod trail in the past.
  • Mushers to be tested for drugs during 2010 Iditarod

    12/06/2009 11:56:25 AM PST · by skeptoid · 7 replies · 618+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 5th, 2009 11:42 PM | MATIAS SAARI
    The Iditarod plans to test mushers for drugs and alcohol in March, a change many mushers have no problem with -- but one that three-time champion Lance Mackey scoffs at. "I think it's a little bit ridiculous," Mackey said Wednesday night from his home near Fairbanks after a training run. "It is a dog race, not a human race. It (using a drug) doesn't affect the outcome of the race." Mackey, a throat cancer survivor who has a medical marijuana card, admits to using marijuana on the trail and thinks his success has made some of his competitors jealous. "It...
  • Mackey widens lead as he reaches coast

    03/15/2009 9:09:20 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 15 replies · 517+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 15th, 2009 05:27 PM | MIKE CAMPBELL
    UNALAKLEET -- In a display of dominance not seen since the dynasties of Doug Swingley and the late Susan Butcher ruled the Iditarod Trail, the dog team of Lance Mackey powered down off the frozen Kaltag Portage into a warm welcome in this coastal Bering Sea village Sunday afternoon. - SNIP - He is in control here the way another cancer survivor named Lance -- the one named Armstrong -- used to always be in control as the final days of the Tour de France moved toward Paris. Mackey alluded to as much in a chat with a reporter in...
  • Mackey jumps out of Kaltag well in front

    03/15/2009 1:09:27 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 251+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 15th, 2009 10:21 AM | MIKE CAMPBELL
    Heading off the mighty Yukon River into a deep winter chill, two-time defending champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks on Sunday moved to defend the sizeable lead he built in the middle of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. His strategy? Be invisible. Mackey pulled out of Kaltag, the final Yukon River checkpoint, at 3:58 a.m. Sunday - well before dawn and well before the first musher in a group of pursuers arrived. "If I'm not here it might break their heart a little bit, so I'm going to try and crush their heart," he told the Iditarod Insider Web crew...
  • Face of Defense: Alaska Army National Guard Soldier Takes on Iditarod

    03/10/2009 5:00:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 204+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Paizley Ramsey, USA
    CAMP DENALI, Alaska, March 10, 2009 – An Alaska Army National Guardsman is running in the grueling 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race under way in Alaska. Army Staff Sgt. Harry Alexie of the Alaska Army National Guard prepares his team to move to the starting line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, March 7, 2009. Alexie trained with famed Alaskan race champion Lance Mackey. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paizley Ramsey  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Staff Sgt. Harry Alexie’s selection marks the first time an Alaska Army National Guardsman has...
  • Iditarod shrine opens for miracle Mackey

    03/01/2009 1:48:09 PM PST · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 361+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 1st, 2009 12:02 AM | CRAIG MEDRED
    To say Lance Mackey rose from humble beginnings to become a dominant force in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race would be to understate the roots from which his legend grew. Mackey's story borders on a Lincoln- esque tale of one man's rise from a log cabin to the fulfillment of a childhood dream, except Mackey lacked anything so romantic as a log cabin. In the early years on the Kenai Peninsula, home for the Mackeys -- Lance and wife Tonya -- was first a tarp tent, and then a plywood shanty.
  • Palin wasn't an unknown to local father and son

    09/05/2008 5:35:37 PM PDT · by TommyJoe · 8 replies · 172+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | September 05. 2008 6:59AM | ERIN BLASKO
    Father, son met governor during Iditarod in February. By ERIN BLASKO Tribune Staff Writer SOUTH BEND — When John McCain announced last week he had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate, many Americans had never heard of the Alaska governor. Not Carson Cocquyt, though. According to Carson's father, John Cocquyt, of South Bend, the 8-year-old could pick the Republican governor out of a lineup. "He's a McCain guy, and he sees Palin and he says, 'I know her!' " John said of his son's reaction upon seeing Palin and McCain together on television recently.
  • Buser takes a 130 mph detour

    03/12/2008 5:58:10 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 321+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 12th, 2008 | KEVIN KLOTT
    UNALAKLEET -- Driving his dogs at a blistering 130 mph into Ruby, Martin Buser on Friday was on pace to break his own race record in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The only problem -- the four-time champion from Big Lake was headed back toward Willow. At least that's what thousands of Iditarod fans thought. The 49-year-old musher pulled a fast one on Idit-a-nation during his 24-hour mandatory layover in the remote checkpoint of Cripple. Buser gave his IonEarth tracking device to an Iditarod Air Force pilot headed for McGrath to make Web users believe his team was running...
  • Lance Mackey wins second Iditarod

    03/12/2008 5:53:08 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 1 replies · 137+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 12th, 2008 | CRAIG MEDRED
    Sled-dog racing pundits said it couldn't be done. Win the brutal 1,000-mile Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race and the punishing 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race both in one year, both -- in fact -- in the space of little more than a month? Impossible. And then a hardscrabble, cancer-beating musher from Fairbanks by the name of Lance Mackey did it. But that was last year. What could Mackey possibly do to top it this year? How about an instant replay? First the Quest in bone-numbing, flesh-freezing, 40-degree below zero temperatures that left Mackey with frostbitten feet. Then the Iditarod,...
  • Race to the finish line for Mackey, King

    03/11/2008 11:18:05 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 1 replies · 134+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 11th, 2008 | CRAIG MEDRED and KEVIN KLOTT
    WHITE MOUNTAIN - With his dirty, red, arctic snowsuit stripped off and packed away in his sled, defending Iditarod champion Lance Mackey and his team off 11 Alaska huskies set off to run for Nome at 4:53 p.m. Clinging to 57-minute lead on four-time champion Jeff King with 77 miles left to go, Mackey observed that "in a time of need I'm a marathoner. But in all reality, I'm a little lazy. I'm going to save every bit of extra energy I can in case I need it on Front Street."
  • Welcome to the Iditarod Air Force (IAF) Home Page!

    03/01/2008 10:28:00 PM PST · by skeptoid · 5 replies · 144+ views
    SNIP . . The IAF provides flying support of the Last Great Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. This years 1112 miles of race route through Alaska promises to hold much excitement, not only for the 97 mushing teams, but for all the race volunteers as well. This is what brings us back year after year
  • Iditarod Air Force 2008

    02/25/2008 1:08:23 AM PST · by skeptoid · 5 replies · 121+ views
    Iditarod Air Force ^ | John R. Norris
    Welcome to the Iditarod Air Force (IAF) Home Page! Click on any of the subjects to learn more about Pre race activities and the events involved behind the scenes of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, also known as the Last Great Race. Check out the Gallery for pictures from this years race as well as photos from previous races. The Primary focus of the Web site is designed around the activities of the 28 volunteer pilots who fly for the IAF and the 6 load coordinators. However, we do our best to share stories and pictures from the many other...
  • Video

    02/25/2008 12:22:29 AM PST · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 1,478+ views
    The Official Site of the IDITAROD ^ | 2/24/2008 |
    This is an 18 miute video/narrative/interview of the champion teams and mushers that sets the stage for this year's race. It is VERY GOOD.
  • Mackey wins Yukon Quest by slim margin

    02/20/2008 9:18:23 AM PST · by skeptoid · 4 replies · 74+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 20th, 2008 | MATIAS SAARI
    Not even a strong challenge from his next-door neighbor and a costly wrong turn could keep Lance Mackey out of the record books. Mackey, of Fairbanks, and his indomitable band of huskies arrived to hundreds of cheering spectators at 1:23 a.m. Yukon time Wednesday to claim his fourth consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race by 15 minutes over Ken Anderson. "I think my head's on backwards. I've been lookin' over my shoulder for about a hundred miles," Mackey said. Mackey's final time was 10 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes.
  • No one's howling when wolves eat dogs

    01/02/2008 6:01:30 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies · 399+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 30th, 2007 | CRAIG MEDRED
    <p>Where, oh where, are the humaniacs when our companion animals need them?</p> <p>This has not been a good winter to be a dog in Alaska.</p> <p>Aside from the frighteningly "normal'' dangers for domestic canines ...</p> <p>Dogs attacked and eaten by wolves.</p>
  • Junior Iditarod champ meets a trail hazard

    10/22/2007 11:03:51 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 85+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | October 22, 2007 | Beth Bragg
    Dog team in training tangles with musk ox on the move Seventeen-year-old musher Melissa Owens was a mile into a training run last week in Nome when she saw a musk ox standing on the left side of the road. She stopped her dogs so the woolly beast could cross to the other side. "Then all of a sudden the bushes come alive, and I think, ohhh, this can't be good," Owens said. "There's more musk ox in there, isn't there?" Sixteen more, to be precise. Just yards away from 23 huskies, including two young and curious leaders.
  • Musher Tim Osmar badly hurt trying to save homes from fire

    06/25/2007 9:38:01 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 9 replies · 778+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 25, 2007 | Katie Peznecker
    Iditarod musher Tim Osmar dodged a roadblock barring access to the Caribou Hills wildfire and headed off-road on a four-wheeler some 15 miles to reach his two-story house near Ninilchik -- smack in the fire danger zone. Musher Tim Osmar of Ninilchik was thrown from his four-wheeler and smashed his ankle and leg. Tim saved his home -- and his father's -- from the inferno that has charred 52,000 acres and taken 35 homes since Tuesday. But near the end of a long day of clearing brush and dousing walls, of facing down the hungry, moving flames, Osmar shattered his...
  • Cruelty charges in Iditarod afermath

    03/31/2007 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Doginator · 15 replies · 889+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 31, 2007 | Craig Medred
    The Iditarod Trail Committee wants an independent investigation to examine reported dog abuse by Healy musher Ramy Brooks during this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Three days after completing the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome at mid-month, Brooks was disqualified after confessing to having spanked some of his dogs with a piece of trail-marking lathe after they balked in the village of Golovin on the Bering Sea Coast. A Golovin schoolteacher later told the Daily News that Brooks' actions went far beyond that. Over the course of 15 to 20 minutes, she said, he periodically beat and kicked...
  • Mackey makes history with Iditarod win

    03/14/2007 12:34:54 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 49 replies · 863+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 13, 2007 | KEVIN KLOTT
    NOME - Lance Mackey lit up this historic, old gold-mining town along the Bering Sea on Tuesday as he feasted on the thrill of Iditarod victory. ...snip.. The #13 bib Mackey wore was the same number both his father and half-brother Rick had worn to victory before him. Each of them won the Iditarod on their sixth try. This was Lance’s sixth try. The planets had aligned, and in ways no one had thought possible. ....snip... ....the first to win both the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod back to back, largely with the same dogs....
  • Gebhardt chasing Mackey to Nome, nearly 3 hours behind

    03/13/2007 4:12:22 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 1 replies · 309+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 13, 2007 | CRAIG MEDRED and KEVIN KLOTT
    WHITE MOUNTAIN -- Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt pointed his 10 dogs down the trail shortly after noon Tuesday in what was expected to be a fruitless chase of Lance Mackey to the Nome finish line of the 35th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Gebhardt left White Mountain at 12:16 p.m., exactly 2 hours and 38 minutes behind Mackey. Only 77 miles remain before the finish line on Front Street, so unless disaster strikes Mackey, the Fairbanks musher should win comfortably.
  • Today in History 2/2/25: Iditarod Serum Run (Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum]

    02/02/2007 8:35:15 AM PST · by yankeedame · 10 replies · 1,242+ views
    Iditarod (îdĭt'ərŏd'), abandoned town in SW Alaska, site of a 1908 gold rush, on the Iditarod River. The town site and river lie on the Iditarod National Historic Trail, 2,350 mi (3,781 km) long, a gold-seekers' route from Seward to Nome. The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the "Great Race of Mercy". A diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome, especially the Inuit children who had no immunity to the "white man's disease", and the nearest quantity of antitoxin was in Anchorage. Since the two available planes were...
  • Thompson Elementary teacher to brave Iditarod race

    01/29/2007 5:26:49 PM PST · by Fawn · 1 replies · 200+ views
    tcpalm ^ | January 26, 2007 | By COLLEEN WIXON
    Thompson Elementary teacher to brave Iditarod race Photo SAM WOLFE By COLLEEN WIXON January 26, 2007 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Thompson Elementary teacher Kim Slade unloaded the tools she will need for her temporary teaching assignment next month — snow boots, a large coat with a fleece liner and heavy gloves. "I've got a lot of gear coming in," she said from the school's science lab. Slade heads to Alaska in mid-February as the 2007 Wells Fargo Teacher on the Trail for the Iditarod, a 1,150-mile course race with mushers and teams of sled dogs from Anchorage to...
  • Iditarod scrambles to recoup its losses

    11/29/2006 8:43:24 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies · 590+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 29, 2006 | ADN
    A less-than-successful gamble on Internet marketing has left the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red. Costs largely associated with the startup of what the race had hoped would be a money-generating Web site -- Iditarod Insider -- forced the organization to borrow about half a million dollars this summer to cover costs associated with gearing up for the March 2007 Iditarod. It could take years for the race to pay off that loan, but race administrators are projecting the event will be back in the black again by next summer. "The approved budget,"...
  • Susan Butcher loses battle

    08/05/2006 9:59:22 PM PDT · by Chena · 48 replies · 2,383+ views
    Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of complications from a recent bone marrow transplant, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 51.
  • Air Force doctor finishes Iditarod with flourish

    03/21/2006 4:10:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 457+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Mar 20, 2006 | Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown
    3/20/2006 - NOME, Alaska (AFPN) -- After finishing last year’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Maj. (Dr) Thomas Knolmayer said it would be his one and only running of the 1,150 mile race across Alaska’s wilderness. But, anyone who knows the 38-year-old surgeon stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, knew better. After getting the blessing from his wife, Tina, the major threw his name in the hat to compete in the 2006 race. “I still had all the dogs and they can’t just sit around doing nothing,” he said, referring to his kennel of 21 Alaskan Huskies. After a good...
  • Robert Sorlie wins 2005 Iditarod!

    03/17/2005 5:25:10 AM PST · by Fierce Allegiance · 16 replies · 1,286+ views | 3/17/05 | FA
    Robert Sorlie has won the 2005 Iditarod. Currently 18 of the remaining 63 racers have crossed the finish line. 79 mushers started the race.
  • Iditarod Sled Dog Race well Underway

    03/09/2005 1:04:43 PM PST · by Fierce Allegiance · 117 replies · 1,495+ views
    The race is approximately 1/3 complete. This year, they are using the modified southern route, which will go through the ghost town of Iditarod. The website listed above is pretty good.
  • Mitch Seavey Wins Iditarod Sled Dog Race

    03/17/2004 1:46:53 PM PST · by Fierce Allegiance · 29 replies · 1,377+ views ^ | 3/17/04 | By MARY PEMBERTON, Associated Press Writer
    NOME, Alaska - Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds on Tuesday night, his 11th run on the 1,100-mile route from Anchorage to Nome. Seavey, 43, of Seward crossed the finish line just before 10:30 p.m. His previous best finish was fourth in 1998. "I'm sort of in disbelief," Seavey said. "I think everybody's happy to have an Alaskan boy win the Iditarod." Hundreds of people, clapping and cheering, were gathered on Front Street in Nome to welcome Seavey into the winner's chute. Three-time winner Jeff King of...
  • Record Field Starts Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    03/06/2004 2:31:07 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 404+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 6, 2004
    Record Field Starts Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Mar 6, 2004 By Mary Pemberton/ Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Fans crowded downtown Anchorage on Saturday to get autographs and be photographed with their favorite mushers in the annual send-off for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. "I'm so excited," said Nancy Jostad of Hoboken, N.J., who came to Alaska especially for the start of the race. She waited in line to have her picture taken with Aliy Zirkle, one of 17 female racers in the 2004 field. "Women rock," Jostad said. The ceremonial start of the 1,100-mile race...
  • Record 87-Team Field Will Start Iditarod

    03/05/2004 2:47:27 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 206+ views ^ | March 5, 2004 | Mary Pemberton
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A record 87 teams will hit the trail Saturday for the longest sled dog race in the world, including two mushers trying to capture their fifth win. Thousands of mushing fans were expected to descend on downtown Anchorage to watch the ceremonial start to the 1,100-mile Iditarod race from here to Nome. The serious racing won't begin until Sunday, at the official restart in Willow. The Iditarod normally takes the top mushers at least nine days to complete. Only four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser of Big Lake has done it in less. He holds the course...
  • Iditarod board gives legally blind musher OK to race (What's next? Blind pilots)

    09/20/2003 8:16:27 AM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 9 replies · 318+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 20, 2003 | DOUG O'HARRA
    <p>DECISION: Another dog driver will be allowed to radio trail warnings to Oregon woman.</p> <p>A legally blind teenager from Oregon will be allowed to race in the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with help from a separate dog driver who will radio her about treacherous obstacles on the trail, the race's board ruled on Friday.</p>