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2nd Mackey dog is 3rd dog to die during this Iditarod 2015

Sad news from the Idatirod trail. Dallas Mackey has lost a 2nd dog. A 3-year-old male named Stiffy died suddenly at about 5:15 p.m. Friday on the trail between Elim and White Mountain. Another 3-year-old Mackey dog, Wyatt, who died between Tanana and Ruby. Both dogs will be necropsied to determine the causes of death.
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The Purse for Iditarod 2015

Last post this year for the Last Great Race on Earth. Did you ever wonder why people want to subject themselves to harsh, dangerous conditions for 8 days every year? I’m sure many of them think it’s fun, and it’s prestigious to win, and it’s a challenge to be overcome…but if I were going to do it (like that’s going to happen…NOT), I’d do it for the money. Is that so wrong? Here’s the prize breakdown for this year’s race.
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Iditarod 2015: Final Results Are In!

Here’s how they finished in the Last Great Race on Earth:

1. Dallas Seavey, with a total race time of 8 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 6 seconds.
2. Mitch Seavey, with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 22 minutes, 56 seconds.
3. Aaron Burmeister, 8 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes, 31 seconds.
4. Jessie Royer, 9 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes, 9 seconds.
5. Aliy Zirkle, 9 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes, 25 seconds.

There are still about 45 racers on the course, with 22 having finished by 8:36 this morning.

Congratulations to all of the contenders.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Update as of 3/16 @ 9:49 AM / Feeding Requirements

shutterstock_215093821The top five mushers have now left Shaktoolik, 758 miles down, 221 miles to go.

Here are their departing times from the checkpoint this morning:
1. Aaron Burmeister, 3:48
2. Dallas Seavey, 5:08
3. Aliy Zirkle, 6:55
4. Jessie Royer, 7:50
5. Mitch Seavey, 9:17

Did you ever wonder how much these dogs eat while they’re racing?
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Iditarod 2015: Update as of 3/13 @ 9:42

rp_petting-350x234.jpgAll five of the top mushers are now safely into the checkpoint at Huslia, which is the half-way point for this year’s race. They have completed 478 of the 979 miles. Looks like the leader, Burmeister, is finally taking his required 8-hour layover, and Dallas Seavey & Thomas Waerner may be starting their 24-hour rest period.

The leaderboard, with times in to Huslia noted:
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Iditarod 2015 Update as of March 12, 2015 @ 4:47 pm / Volunteer Info

The standings:
1. Aaron Burmeister, out of Galena at 6:26
2. Dallas Seavey, out of Galena at 8:48
3. Martin Buser, out of Galena at 10:55
4. Rookie musher Thomas Waerner, out of Galena at 12:39
5. Hugh Neff, out of Galena at 2:12 this afternoon

These top five mushers have all completed their 8-hour layover, with the exception of Burmeister.

Have you ever considered how the race comes together each year? The relatively small Iditarod Race Committee wouldn’t be able to do everything without the help of between 1,000 and 1,500 volunteers.
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Iditarod 2015 Update as of March 12, 2015 at 10:34 / Dropped Dogs

Photo from Terrie Hanke via Iditarod.com
Photo from Terrie Hanke via Iditarod.com

Today’s race activity is centered around the Galena checkpoint. In first place, Aaron Burmeister left Galena at 6:26 this morning, followed by Dallas Seavey at 8:48. In third place, Jeff King arrived at Galena at 4:37 this morning, followed by Aliy Zirkle at 5:54 and Martin Buser at 7:07. Seavey, King, and Buser have all completed their required 8-hour layover.

As far as dogs dropped, here are the stats for the top five teams:
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Iditarod 2015 Leaders as of 3/11/15 @ 10:49 AM / Winning Records

Mike Kenney, Photography@ 2014
Mike Kenney, [email protected] 2014

We have a new leader! All five of the top mushers are currently out of the checkpoint at Tanana, but have not yet arrived at Ruby, which is a 119 mile trek. The time shown next to each musher’s name is the time they left Tanana last night.
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Iditarod 2015: Update 3/10/15 @ 3:26 pm / List of Checkpoints

shutterstock_253892437Current Top 5 Standings, as of 3:26 pm on March 10th.

Martin Buser has moved into the lead, the first musher to arrive in Tanana at 3:15.
The next five teams are still between Manley Hot Springs and Tanana. In second place, Peter Kaiser left Manley Hot Springs at 7:58 this morning, followed by Mitch Seavey at 8:38, Jessie Royer at 8:55, and Hugh Neff at 9:17.
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