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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!

Iditarod Standings as of 3:15 pm ET, Tuesday 3/12/19

Peter Kaiser is in the lead, going into White Mountain.

1 Peter Kaiser (9) In to White Mountain
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28) In to White Mountain
3 Jessie Royer (14) Out of Elim
4 Aliy Zirkle (19) In to Elim
5 Matt Hall (3) In to Elim
6 Jessie Holmes (5) Out of Koyuk
7 Mitch Seavey (32) Out of Koyuk
8 Travis Beals (51) Out of Koyuk
9 Paige Drobny (40) Out of Koyuk
10 Aaron Burmeister (38) Out of Koyuk

Iditarod Standings as of 8:30 pm ET, Thursday, 3/7/19

Nicholas Petit is now in the lead and has left the checkpoint at the town of Iditarod.

1 Nicolas Petit (20) Out of Iditarod
2 Aliy Zirkle (19) In to Iditarod
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28) In to Iditarod
4 Martin Buser (21) In to Iditarod
5 Jessie Royer (14) In to Iditarod
6 Peter Kaiser (9) Out of Ophir
7 Richie Diehl (29) Out of Ophir
8 Ryan Redington (22) Out of Ophir
9 Mitch Seavey (32) Out of Ophir
10 Matthew Failor (17) Out of Ophir

Ramping Up for the 2016 Iditarod

Iditarod raffleAlthough the 2016 Iditarod doesn’t start until March 5th, organizers are already getting ramped up. According to their Facebook page, more than 70 competitors are already registered from places as distant as Norway, and they are looking for volunteers to help out with the race. You can get all the details at the official website.

They are also running a raffle (details pictured here) to help pay for the race. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold, each priced at $100. Four lucky winners will each receive a Dodge truck, while 16 more winners will each receive $1,000.

The Iditarod is one of my favorite dog-related annual events. I, of course, love seeing the beautiful dogs in action, but I’m also interested because I cannot imagine why anyone would want to put themselves through the incredible challenge, battling solitude, weather, and distance.

Some day, I want to go to the race and observe or even volunteer, but I’ll be home wrapped up in a blanket watching it this year.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

The Purse for Iditarod 2015

Last post this year for the Last Great Race on Earth. Did you ever wonder why people want to subject themselves to harsh, dangerous conditions for 8 days every year? I’m sure many of them think it’s fun, and it’s prestigious to win, and it’s a challenge to be overcome…but if I were going to do it (like that’s going to happen…NOT), I’d do it for the money. Is that so wrong? Here’s the prize breakdown for this year’s race.
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Iditarod 2015 Leaders as of 3/11/15 @ 10:49 AM / Winning Records

Mike Kenney, Photography@ 2014
Mike Kenney, [email protected] 2014

We have a new leader! All five of the top mushers are currently out of the checkpoint at Tanana, but have not yet arrived at Ruby, which is a 119 mile trek. The time shown next to each musher’s name is the time they left Tanana last night.
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