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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!

Yukon Quest 2020 Leaderboard as of 2/11 @ 3:00pm EST

Here are the top five mushers in the Yukon Quest this afternoon.  All times shown are Alaska Standard Time (four hours behind EST)

Brent Sass passed mile marker 959.3 at 10:51 am
Michelle Phillips passed mile marker 936.7 at 10:50 am
Cody Strathe passed mile marker 883.2 at 8:04 am
Allen Moore passed mile marker 883.22 at 10:01 am
Torsten Kohnert passed mile marker 852.8 at 10:48

Sass is traveling at 4.4 miles per hour, so he may finish overnight!

Yukon Quest 2020 Leader Board as of 2/9/2020 @ 8:30 PM (Eastern)

With all the excitement of Westminster, I almost forgot about the Yukon Quest. https://www.yukonquest.com

They left Fairbanks on February 1st. Here’s where the top five mushers are

(All times are Alaska Standard – 4 hours behind Eastern Standard)
Brent Sass passed mile marker 764.5 at 2:28 PM
Michelle Phillips passed mile marker 764.5 at 3:35 PM
Cody Strathe passed mile marker 736.1 at 5:00 PM
Allen Moore passed mile marker 705.5 at 4:20 PM
Torsten Kohnert passed mile marker 681.6 at 4:24 PM

I’ll try to update daily.

Iditarod 2020 Needs Volunteers

Photo courtesy Iditarod Trail Committee
Photo courtesy Iditarod Trail Committee

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

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?

Are you following the Iditarod?

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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