After coronavirus concerns close Shaktoolik checkpoint, residents band together to create spot for mushers to rest outside of town
Shaktoolik is usually a key resting spot for mushers and their sled dogs before they push the 50 miles to the next checkpoint at Koyuk.
As the leading Iditarod mushers approach the finish line in Nome, a different sled dog race has been crippled by the coronavirus.
Thomas Waerner and his 10-dog team left White Mountain at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday with an hours-long lead over their closest competitors and 77 miles to the finish line in Nome.
The Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership is the Iditarod's second top sponsor to drop its financial support of the race this month.
For being first to the coast on Sunday, Thomas Waerner earned $2,000 worth of gold nuggets. But, more importantly, he was in a full five hours in front of the next team.
The Bethel musher said sickness slowed him down.
This weekend, as race officials changed checkpoints over coronavirus concerns, there was a lot of advice being swapped between mushers, including Jessica Klejka and Linwood Fiedler, a musher in the middle of her second Iditarod and another who had just ended his 26th race early.
Jessie Royer has been running at the front of the pack in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, even with a sled fire.
John Schandelmeier says he’s learning along with his dogs after entering the Iditarod in a last-minute switch with his wife
Some Iditarod sled dog teams were already on the trail last week when John Schandelmeier decided to run this year’s race to Nome. It might be the latest musher swap in race history.
‘Well that’s a little different’: Iditarod mushers learn about moved checkpoints, closed schools as coronavirus concerns grow
Schools, towns and checkpoints along the final third of the trail, including in Shaktoolik and Nulato, are limiting their involvement with the event.
In some ways, the Iditarod may be the ultimate form of social distancing. Teams travel hundreds of miles through remote, rural Alaska. But, along the way, they also stop at small communities that serve as race checkpoints. And some of those communities are concerned.
For those mushing the Iditarod trail, the ultimate form of social distancing, coronavirus news begins to trickle in
As news of emergency measures and coronavirus closures spreads, there’s at least one group of people that is almost totally in the dark: Iditarod mushers.
A snowy patch of land in Takotna quickly turned into a sled dog hotel on Wednesday, with napping dogs curled up on straw and under blankets throughout the afternoon.
Iditarod mushers will still cross the finish line in Nome, but the city has canceled its race-related festivities
The City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities due to concerns about the coronavirus.
While the teams race to the finish line, we’re featuring a sled dog a day on our Iditapod podcast.
The mushers and their sled dogs banked rest and calories during their longest rest of the race.
With more than a quarter of the trail behind them, some teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog were parked at checkpoints on Wednesday, taking their required daylong breaks.
With temperatures plunging deep into the negatives on Tuesday, mushers and dogs sported a coating of frost when they pulled into Nikolai, a small village about a quarter of the way into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The roughly 80-mile stretch from Rohn to Nikolai usually has has some of the worst trail conditions anywhere along the 1,000-mile route. But not this year.
The roadhouse in the community of about 300 people has many roles: It’s an Iditarod logistics hub, community center and a burger stop.