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Iditarod 2016: Winners have crossed the finish line

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerEarly this morning in Alaska, the top three mushers crossed the finish line in Nome. As predicted, the Seavey men took the top two spots, with Dallas taking the lead. Aliy Zirkle came in third. The video is from KTUU in Anchorage.

Here are the top five as of 3 pm Eastern today:

1 Dallas Seavey
Bib 16 IN TO Nome
AT 03-15 02:20

2 Mitch Seavey
Bib 19 IN TO Nome
AT 03-15 03:05

3 Aliy Zirkle
Bib 13 IN TO Nome
AT 03-15 09:42

4 Wade Marrs
Bib 33 OUT OF Safety
AT 03-15 08:49

5 Peter Kaiser
Bib 11 OUT OF Safety
AT 03-15 08:57

Congrats to all who finish, or even participate in this grueling competition!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod 2016: Standings as of 3/13 @ 7:50 pm Eastern

Sled Dog RaceThe top five are all out of Shaktoolik, and they have all taken both of their required layovers, so it’s straight on through to Nome now.

1 Dallas Seavey
Bib 16 OUT OF Shaktoolik
AT 03-13 10:27

2 Brent Sass
Bib 32 OUT OF Shaktoolik
AT 03-13 11:25

3 Aliy Zirkle
Bib 13 OUT OF Shaktoolik
AT 03-13 12:52

4 Mitch Seavey
Bib 19 OUT OF Shaktoolik
AT 03-13 13:04

5 Wade Marrs
Bib 33 OUT OF Shaktoolik
AT 03-13 15:52


RUSSIA, MOSCOW - FEBRUARY 19: Participants compete in arrival "RThe 2016 Iditarod starts in about 30 minutes. Check out the official race blog, which details the last-minute preparations at Willow Lake as mushers gather for the official start.

Scott Janssen will be first out of the chute at 2 pm Alaskan (6 pm Eastern). He will be followed by another sled every two minutes until the 85th contestant, Martin Koenig, leaves at 4:48 Alaskan time.

Don’t worry about Mr. Koenig, though. Each competitor has to stay extra time at one of the check points, equivalent to the amount of time they got to leave ahead of the last sled. For example, since the first musher is 2 hours and 48 minutes ahead of the last, the first one will be held at a way point for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The 2nd to last musher will be held only 2 minutes because he’s only 2 minutes ahead of the last guy.

Check back daily for an update on the standings, and be sure to explore the official Iditarod site for tons of information about the race.

Please note: I’m using stock photos because I don’t have permission to use photos from the real race. What’s interesting to me is that most of the dog teams are made up of mixed-breed dogs. I always picture Malamutes and Huskies running the race, as shown in movies. However, most of the mushers seem to prefer mutt-i-grees.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Ramping Up for the 2016 Iditarod

Iditarod raffleAlthough the 2016 Iditarod doesn’t start until March 5th, organizers are already getting ramped up. According to their Facebook page, more than 70 competitors are already registered from places as distant as Norway, and they are looking for volunteers to help out with the race. You can get all the details at the official website.

They are also running a raffle (details pictured here) to help pay for the race. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold, each priced at $100. Four lucky winners will each receive a Dodge truck, while 16 more winners will each receive $1,000.

The Iditarod is one of my favorite dog-related annual events. I, of course, love seeing the beautiful dogs in action, but I’m also interested because I cannot imagine why anyone would want to put themselves through the incredible challenge, battling solitude, weather, and distance.

Some day, I want to go to the race and observe or even volunteer, but I’ll be home wrapped up in a blanket watching it this year.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!