The Greatest Dog Sled Race on Earth, the grandaddy of them all, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is looking for volunteers for the 2020 race. Volunteers start working in January and some of the tasks take place next June, so there is plenty of time to sync up your volunteer job with your vacation from your regular job. Continue reading Iditarod 2020 Needs Volunteers
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!
Joar Leifseth Ulsom has retaken the lead as they close in on the burled arch in Nome!
Ulsom left Elim at 1:04 this morning and is down to 12 dogs. His average speed getting into Elim was 6.78 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 11:00 AM Eastern 3/13/18
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
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
Nicolas Petit has taken the lead, checking into Anvik at 5:21 (Alaska time) this morning. He has 14 dogs and is running at an average speed of 7.94 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 12:30 PM Eastern 3/9/18
The majority of the top five are headed for the Iditarod checkpoint, trying to catch up with leader Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who checked in there at 8:28 (Alaska time) last night. He is apparently taking one of his rest breaks, as he spent the night there with all 16 of his dogs. Ulsom’s next objective after he leaves Iditarod is Shageluk, 55 miles away. His average speed has been 5.13 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 8 AM Eastern 3/8/18
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.