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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Jeff King. Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks.

Dogs Fare Better Than Mushers Over Rough Trail

Iditarod teams remain large. Most mushers are still running teams of 14 or more dogs. Mushers are surprised at how many dogs fared well through some of the roughest trail they’ve seen in the race’s history.

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March 6, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Iditarod Teams Rest Up for A Big Push as They Near the Yukon

Iditarod Teams Rest Up for A Big Push as They Near the Yukon

As teams come off their mandatory 24-hour rest and head for the Yukon River, they’ll be thinking of how best to pick up the pace in what is turning out to be one of the most dramatic, but also the most competitive races in Iditarod history.

March 6, 2014 - 10:16 am
Mandatory 24-Hour Rest Playing Into Race Strategy

Mandatory 24-Hour Rest Playing Into Race Strategy

Iditarod teams are making their way across the Interior region where the trail is soft, smooth and covered in snow – a far cry from the rough and rocky trail that took many mushers out of the race earlier this week.

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March 5, 2014 - 5:19 pm
Hans Gatt. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

Many Mushers Alter Race Plans After Rough Trail Into Nikolai

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s rough run through the Dalzell Gorge and into Nikolai, many Iditarod mushers have had to act fast to change their race plans.

March 5, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Jeff King waves to fans as he leaves Willow at the beginning of the 42nd Iditarod. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

Snow in McGrath Offers Relief for Battered Iditarod Mushers

The Iditarod trail continued to claim victims through Tuesday. Reports of everything from broken ankles to broken hands came filtering back from Rohn and Nikolai. It will take a combination of resilience and persistence for mushers to keep moving down the trail.

March 5, 2014 - 11:17 am
Iditarod Leaders Leave Nikolai

Iditarod Leaders Leave Nikolai

The Iditarod race leaders left the checkpoint of Nikolai around mid day today. Sonny Lindner, Hugh Neff, Aliy Zirkle and Nicolas Petit pulled out of Nikolai within an hour of each other. But five mushers, including DeeDee Jonrowe and Jake Berkowitz scratched today, because of broken equipment that was damaged on the extremely rough trail out of Rainy Pass.

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March 4, 2014 - 5:40 pm
Fast Trail Forces Mushers To Ride The Brakes

Fast Trail Forces Mushers To Ride The Brakes

Iditarod mushers are working hard to hold back teams on what has been an icy, hard packed trail. A snowless, rocky stretch of trail through a burn will slow them down, but most mushers are riding their brakes.

March 4, 2014 - 11:12 am
Norwegian Contingent Prepared For For Iditarod Challenge

Norwegian Contingent Prepared For For Iditarod Challenge

Teams are making their way into Rainy Pass as they head trough the Alaska Range. It’s arguably the toughest stretch of trail. Many say they’re ready for the challenge, including a contingent of Norwegians who are in Alaska to find out how their dog teams fare on this side of the world.

March 3, 2014 - 12:21 pm
Spectators await the start of the 2014 Iditarod in Willow. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

Iditarod Veterans Anticipating Rough Trail Conditions

The 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is underway. Dog teams left Willow Sunday. They’re making their way toward the Alaska Range, where the trail is reportedly extremely rough.

March 2, 2014 - 10:33 pm
Ceremonial Start Kicks Off 42nd Iditarod

Ceremonial Start Kicks Off 42nd Iditarod

On Saturday, mushers lined out their dog teams in downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial Start of the race. This year’s race includes six former champions and at least 20 mushers vying for a top-10 finish.

March 2, 2014 - 10:33 am
Not only is he the Kiwi Musher, but Curt Perano may also be the frostiest musher on this year's Yukon Quest trail. Credit Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

The ‘Kiwi Musher’ is a Rookie, But He’s No Stranger to Mushing

The Yukon Quest has once again proven itself as one of the toughest races in the Far North. Of the 18 mushers who signed up for this year’s race, only eleven may finish. The race has claimed rookies, and seasoned veterans alike, but there are still a handful of teams plugging along toward the finish line outside of Whitehorse. KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the “Kiwi Musher” and has this profile.

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February 12, 2014 - 5:25 pm
Brent Sass answers questions about his accident during a press conference in Whitehorse.Credit Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Sass Still Planning for Iditarod

The Yukon Quest Race Organization held a press conference with Brent Sass this morning (Tuesday). The musher discussed the accident that led to a serious concussion and took him out of this year’s race. The musher was emotional, but he’s confident about his future mushing career.

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February 11, 2014 - 4:39 pm
Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Allen Moore has won the Yukon Quest International Sled dog Race for the second consecutive year.  Moore’s team is known for its petite stature, perky ears and wagging tails and they didn’t disappoint.  They jumped in harness and yelped after arriving at Takhini Hot Springs 30 miles outside of Whitehorse.

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February 10, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Yukon Quest: Race Stories Abound

Despite the effort of trailbreakers, Mother Nature has thrown plenty at mushers during the race. Almost every team has arrived with a story about a mishap on the trail.

February 7, 2014 - 6:00 pm
Yukon Quest Leaders Race Into Dawson City

Yukon Quest Leaders Race Into Dawson City

A fast pace at the front of the pack has Yukon Quest teams spread out over nearly 200 miles of trail. Cody Strathe who’s running in 4th place isn’t expected into Dawson City until the early evening, roughly 18 hours after the first team arrived at the half way point.

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February 5, 2014 - 11:47 am

Top Three Mushers Strategize As They Come And Go From Eagle

The top three Yukon Quest teams arrived in Eagle in the wee hours of Monday morning, well ahead of schedule. It was clear as they relayed their tales that teams are starting to strategize as they near the half-way mark in this year’s race.

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February 4, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Front Of The Pack Shapes Up On Yukon Quest Trail

A decided “front-of-the–pack” is beginning to shake out on the Yukon Quest Trail. A fast trail means mushers are looking for ways to hold back dog teams.

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February 3, 2014 - 10:25 am
Mandy Nauman is the only woman racing in this year's Yukon Quest. Credit Trail Breaker Kennel / https://www.facebook.com/trailbreakerAK.

Nauman May Be the Only Woman in this Year’s Quest, But She’s One Tough Rookie

Not everyone who signs up for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race actually gets a dog team to the start line.  When sign-ups opened last fall, at least two women added their names to the roster, but one dropped out two weeks ago.  That leaves one woman in a field of 18 mushers.

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January 29, 2014 - 5:13 pm

2014 Yukon Quest Set to Start Despite Warm Weather

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials are keeping a close eye on the weather and trail conditions as they prepare for the starts of the 1000 mile race this Saturday.

January 27, 2014 - 3:29 pm

President Declares Federal Disaster For November Storm Victims In Alaska

President Barack Obama declared a federal Disaster for Alaska Thursday, making federal dollars available for victims of storms that occurred back in November.

January 23, 2014 - 2:26 pm