The last two racers arrived in Skwentna early this morning. Victoria Hardwick and rookie Dakota Schlosser arrived just before 7 am, both with 10 dogs. This is their last checkpoint before the finish line.
Three mushers left Skwentna this morning and are en route to the finish line at Deshka Landing:
Rookie Hal Hanson left at 10:12 with 11 dogs.
Larry Daugherty left at 10:54 with 11 dogs
Rookie Will Troshynski left at 10:55, also with 11 dogs.
Everyone else has passed beneath what they are calling the “Unburled Arch” since the real Burled Arch, as you know, is in Nome.
For only the second time in history, a musher has won FIVE Iditarod sled dog races! Congrats to Dallas Seavey for completing the 848 mile race in 7 days, 14 hours, and 8 minutes. He arrived at Deshka Landing this morning at 5:08 with 10 dogs in harness.
Aaron Burmeister finished 2nd, his best race yet. He arrived at 8:23 AM, also with 10 dogs.
Brent Sass finished 3rd, arriving at 9:41 AM, with 13 dogs.
Wade Marrs, currently in 4th place, left Skwentna at 3:42 AM with 10 dogs.
Mille Porslid left two minutes behind him with 9 dogs.
The last racer, Rookie Will Troshynski left Nikolai on the way back to the Start/Finish this morning at 8:43.
I’ll try to keep an eye out for when he finishes, but will no longer be giving daily updates.
If you’re counting on me to track a specific racer, comment below and I’ll let you know their status.
The top two mushers are into Skwentna, the last checkpoint on the way back to Deshka Landing. The others are out of Finger Lake, heading to Skwentna.
Dallas Seavey arrived at Skwentna at 12:44 PM with 10 dogs.
Aaron Burmeister arrived at Skwentna at 1:45 PM with 13 dogs.
Brent Sass left Finger Lake at 9:27 AM with 13 dogs.
Mille Porsild left Finger Lake at 11:25 AM with 10 dogs.
Wade Marrs left Finger Lake at 1:24 PM with 10 dogs.
The top five mushers have all passed through the Nikolai checkpoint on their way back to the start/finish line. All have completed both their 8-hour and 24-hour rest periods.
Aaron Burmeister left Nikolai at 2:27 AM, with all 14 of his dogs still in harness
Brent Sass left at 3:25 AM with 13 dogs
Dallas Seavey left at 3:50 AM with 12 dogs
Ryan Redington left at 6:56 AM with 9 dogs
Joar Leifseth Ulsom left at 7:20 AM with 13 dogs
The top five mushers are currently clustered around the Ophir checkpoint.
Brent Sass left Ophir at 4:21 this morning.
Aaron Peck left at 8:32 this morning.
Mille Porsild left at 10:22 this morning and is down to 11 dogs.
Ryan Redington arrived at Ophir at 2:34 this morning, also down to 11 dogs.
Aaron Burmeister arrived at Ophir at 4:15 this morning.
In other race news, Dallas Seavey won the Alaska Air Transit Spirit of Iditarod Award by being the first musher to arrive at McGrath with all 14 dogs in harness. He was awarded a pair of beaver fur and moose hide mittens and a hat made of beaver fur and beaded velvet, all made by citizens of McGrath. Congrats to Dallas, and kudos to the crafters in McGrath!
Here’s how the top five mushers are doing. All have arrived at the Nikolai check point, and the top two have pulled back out onto the trail. The remaining three appear to be taking their 8-hour rest periods.
Brent Sass out at 7:59 AM
Dallas Seavey out at 9:04 AM
Ryan Redington in at 4:45 AM
Aaron Burmeister in at 6:15 AM
Richie Diehl in at 6:40 AM