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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?

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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

Iditarod Standings at 8 AM Eastern 3/8/18

rp_sled-dogs-350x233.jpgThe 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

Musher Hugh Neff comes up out of nowhere!

Hugh Neff (photo:  Iditarod.com)
Hugh Neff (photo: Iditarod.com)
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.

Always exciting!

Iditarod Standings at 10 AM Eastern, 3/7/18

Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Photo:  Iditarod.com)
Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Photo: Iditarod.com)
Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the first racer to make it to Ophir, clocking in at 4:42 (Alaska time) this morning and leaving 10 minutes later. He still has all 16 of his dogs and is traveling at an average speed of 7.89 miles per hour.

The remainder of the top five are resting a bit in Takotna, just 30 miles short of Ophir. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 10 AM Eastern, 3/7/18

Getting Ready for the Iditarod

Dog Sledding With Husky DogsThe ceremonial start is going on now, and actual racing starts Sunday at 2:00 pm, Eastern Time (10:00 am in Alaska). Typically the restart, as it is called, leaves from Willow, but poor conditions there have moved it to Fairbanks. The race lasts 9 – 12 days, ending when the last team makes it to the burled arch in Nome.

The mushers leave at 2-minute intervals in a staggered start that keeps the dogs and sleds from getting tangled with each other. The time is made up by adding time to the 24-hour mandatory rest period. Every musher has to add two minutes to the rest period for every person that left after him or her. The first of the 67 mushers to leave Nome, Cody Strathe wearing Bib # 2, adds 134 minutes to his required rest period because he gets to start 134 minutes before Hugh Neff wearing Bib # 68, who takes only the required 24-hour rest period. Continue reading Getting Ready for the Iditarod