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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Uneven, Icy, Snow-Free Trail Challenges Iditarod Teams on Their Way to Koyuk

Uneven, Icy, Snow-Free Trail Challenges Iditarod Teams on Their Way to Koyuk

Mushers were met with an unforgiving trail as they pushed up the coast from Unalakleet to Koyuk, Sunday. They battled wind, miles of glare ice and more snow free trail. They’re also battling extreme fatigue and grappling with how best to cut rest and maintain speed as they close in on Nome.

March 10, 2014
Iditarod Teams Reach Bering Sea Coast

Iditarod Teams Reach Bering Sea Coast

Teams running at the front of the pack have reached the Bering Sea Coast at Unalakleet. Despite a rough trail, teams are still on record pace as they continue to make their way for Nome.

March 9, 2014
Mushers and Sled Dogs Start to Show Signs of Fatigue on the Yukon River

Mushers and Sled Dogs Start to Show Signs of Fatigue on the Yukon River

Iditarod mushers kept volunteers in the Nulato checkpoint busy overnight. Some teams that weren’t expected to stay grabbed a few hours rest in the sleepy Yukon River village, while others who could have used the rest decided to blow through.

March 8, 2014

Buser In The Lead As Racers Approach Nulato

Big Lake musher Martin Buser is leading the Iditarod. After choosing an unconventional checkpoint for his 24 hour layover early in the race, he charged to the front of the race today. He’s now nearing the Nulato checkpoint with Sonny Lindner, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King in pursuit. Iditarod Mushers and their dog teams passed in and out of the Yukon River community of Galena on various schedules throughout the afternoon.

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March 7, 2014
Mushers Anticipating Tough Run Up Bering Sea Coast

Mushers Anticipating Tough Run Up Bering Sea Coast

Some mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead. The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.

March 7, 2014
Iditarod Strategies Make for Some Head Scratching

Iditarod Strategies Make for Some Head Scratching

As dogs teams drop onto the Yukon River, Iditarod mushers will find out how their race plans are playing out. The next 140 miles of long, flat river will shine some light on who has the most speed and who needs a little more rest. No one is quite sure exactly what’s going on with race strategies this year. In fact even the most experienced mushers are scratching their heads.

March 7, 2014

King Resting At Ruby, Competitors Close In

Jeff King is resting at the Yukon river checkpoint of Ruby. The four time Iditarod champion is technically in the lead at this point, but Martin Buser, Aliy Zirkle and Robert Sorlie are closing in, and they’ve already completed their 24 hour layovers. Once teams leave Ruby, they’ll have a chance to take advantage of any remaining speed they have on the flat river miles ahead.

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March 6, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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