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Iditarod 2021: The Fat Lady Has Sung

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The final two mushers have crossed the finish line at Deshka Landing, and the 2021 Iditarod is now in the history books.

Rookie Dakota Schlosser finished at 12:22 AM with 10 dogs and Victoria Hardwick took the red lantern two seconds later, also with 10 dogs.

The red lantern, for the uninitiated, is kept burning to guide the racers in, and the last one in is said to have claimed it.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Standings as of 3/17/2021 at 3:07 PM Alaska Time

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.

Dallas Seavey Wins 5th Iditarod

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.

Iditarod Standings as of 3/14/2021 at 2:17 PM Alaska Time

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.

It’s getting exciting now!

Iditarod Standings as of 3/13/2021 at 12:15 PM Alaska Time

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

Onward to Rohn!

Iditarod Standings as of 3/12/21 at 11:54 AM Alaska Time

Dallas Seavey has moved into the lead, arriving at the McGrath checkpoint at 9:32 this morning, on his way back to Deshka Landing. He has 13 dogs in harness.

The remainder of the top five have left Ophir:

Brent Sass at 7:24 AM, with 14 dogs.
Wade Marrs at 8:30 AM, with 12 dogs
Ryan Redington at 10:10 AM, with 9 dogs
Aaron Burmeister at 11:05 AM, with 14 dogs

All five mushers have completed their mandatory 24-hour layover, with Redington and Burmeister having also taken their 8-hour rests.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Standings as of 3/11/2021 at 1:23 PM Alaska Time

The top five have all reached the mid-way point in the town of Iditarod. Here are their arrival times and the number of dogs still in harness:

Brent Sass 3/10 @ 6:08 pm, 14 dogs
Aaron Peck 3/10 @ 11:22 pm, 14 dogs
Mille Porsild 3/10 @ 11:41 pm, 11 dogs
Dallas Seavey, 3/11 @ 11:14 am, 14 dogs
Travis Beals, 3/11 @ 11:18 am, 11 dogs

After they have completed their mandatory rest periods, it’s back to Ophir.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Standings as of 3/10/21 at 1:15 PM Alaska Time

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!