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Yukon Quest Follow-up

I just realized I never let you know that the Yukon Quest is officially over.

The Yukon News reports that Alaskan musher Olivia Webster is the 2020 Yukon Quest’s red lantern, crossing the finish line in Whitehorse at approximately 8 p.m. on Feb. 15. The rookie is the granddaughter of Leroy Shank, one of the founders of the Yukon Quest, who was at the finish line to show his support.

The “red lantern” indicates the last musher to cross the finish line. Until that team comes in, a red lantern remains lit at the finish line to guide the mushers home.

Congratulations to all who participated.

Next up: the granddaddy of them all: the Iditarod! It begins with a ceremonial start on March 7th, followed by the real start on March 8th. I can’t wait!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

FINAL Iditarod 2018 Results

Burled ArchThe top 20 racers have passed under the burled arch, with Joar Leifset Ulsom taking the win. He took 9 days and 12 hours to complete the 998 mile trek.

In second place, Nicolas Petit finished in 9 days, 14 hours and 15 minutes, while Mitch Seavey crossed the finish line in 9 days, 17 hours and 11 minutes.

Ray Redington, Jr. was 4th, and Peter Kaiser was 5th.

Congratulations to all who competed!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Standings at 1:00 PM Eastern 3/11/18

Pete Kaiser (Photo:  Iditarod.com)
Pete Kaiser (Photo: Iditarod.com)
All five of the leaders have cleared the Kaltag checkpoint and are headed for the coast 85 miles away at Unalakleet.

Nicholas Petit remains in the lead, leaving Kaltag this morning at 1:43 am after dropping one dog. He continues on with 13 dogs and has had an average speed of 4.53 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 1:00 PM Eastern 3/11/18

Saturday Survey: Iditarod 2018

rp_Saturday-Survey-Graphic-350x2331-350x233-350x233-350x2331-350x233-350x233-350x233-350x233-350x233-350x233.jpgOne of my bucket list items is to go to Alaska to actually see the Iditarod in person. In lieu of that, I’m following along as best I can from Ohio. How about you – are you a big fan?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Standings at 9:15 AM Eastern 3/10/18

Dog Sledding With Husky DogsAll five of the top mushers on the leaderboard have cleared the checkpoint at Grayling.

After briefly losing his lead to Mitch Seavey yesterday, Nicolas Petit is back in front, leaving Grayling yesterday at 4:48 pm (Alaska time) with 14 dogs and an average speed of 6.35 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 9:15 AM Eastern 3/10/18

Musher Hugh Neff comes up out of nowhere!

Hugh Neff (photo:  Iditarod.com)
Hugh Neff (photo: Iditarod.com)
Just after I posted the standings this morning, Hugh Neff breezed into Takotna (at 6:19 Alaska time) and left 5 minutes later, meaning he is now in second place!

The race is one of strategy as much as of speed. How long can you go without giving your team any real rest, vs. how long do you spend in any one checkpoint.

Always exciting!

Iditarod Standings at 10 AM Eastern, 3/7/18

Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Photo:  Iditarod.com)
Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Photo: Iditarod.com)
Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the first racer to make it to Ophir, clocking in at 4:42 (Alaska time) this morning and leaving 10 minutes later. He still has all 16 of his dogs and is traveling at an average speed of 7.89 miles per hour.

The remainder of the top five are resting a bit in Takotna, just 30 miles short of Ophir. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 10 AM Eastern, 3/7/18