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Musher signs up for Iditarod after losing home in wildfire

Apparently undeterred by the loss of her home in this month’s Sockeye wildfire, veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe has signed up for the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

June 29, 2015
Cindy Abbott cruises through Anchorage during the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Cindy Abbott Claims 2015 Iditarod Red Lantern Award

After two prior attempts, this year’s Red Lantern, Cindy Abbott, completed her first Iditarod late last night.

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March 23, 2015
Wade Marrs at the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Out With The Old, In With The New: Up-And-Comers Outpace Longtime Career Mushers

For decades, a few big name mushers have dominated the standings in the Iditarod, but after decades of racing, many of them are reconsidering their priorities. Professional mushing may be in the midst of a “changing of the guard” as a small group of young mushers start to post top finishing times.

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March 20, 2015
Aliy Zirkle talks briefly with her mom at the Iditarod finish line. She carried a picture of the two of them in a sled bag for 1000 miles because her mother couldn't be in Nome this year. (Photo by Emily Schwing)

Iditarod Front-Runners Looking Forward To Time Away From Competition

The top-10 Iditarod mushers have arrived safely in Nome and their sled dogs are tucked in for a long rest in the dog yard. For most of the front-runners, a top-10 finish is nothing new.

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March 19, 2015
Dallas Seavey won the 2015 Iditarod. (Photo via KNOM)

Dallas Seavey Predicts His Winning Team Will Be Back

Dallas Seavey is the winner of the 2015 Iditarod. This is his third win in four years. The 27-year old musher says he’s not the only young member of his team. Many of his dogs are only three years old. Some sled dogs can race beyond the age of eight. Seavey says his team has a long future of competitive mushing ahead.

March 18, 2015
Dallas Seavey won the 2015 Iditarod. (Photo via KNOM)

Dallas Seavey Wins The 2015 Iditarod

Dallas Seavey crossed under the burled arch in Nome at 4:13 a..m. Wednesday, securing his second-consecutive Iditarod win, and his third four years. He made the 22 mile run from Safety, the Iditarod’s final stop before the finish line in Nome, in three hours.

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March 18, 2015
Iditarod Leaders Leave White Mountain, Head For Nome

Iditarod Leaders Leave White Mountain, Head For Nome

The top teams have left White Mountain and they are on their way to the Iditarod finish line in Nome. Spectators are unlikely to see a major shakeup in the front end of the field, but this year’s race is likely to end with career bests for many of the teams up front.

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March 18, 2015

Iditarod Musher Dallas Seavey En Route To Safety, Nome

After completing the mandatory 8-hour layover in White Mountain, Dallas Seavey left the checkpoint at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday on his way to Safety – the final stop on the way to the Iditarod finish line in Nome.

March 17, 2015

Dallas Seavey First to White Mountain, Maintains Iditarod Lead

Dallas Seavey was the first musher to arrive in White Mountain Tuesday morning. It’s the second to last stop along the Iditarod trail. Teams will take an eight-hour mandatory rest there, before the make the final push for Nome.

March 17, 2015
Dallas Seavey First Iditarod Musher Into White Mountain

Dallas Seavey First Iditarod Musher Into White Mountain

Dallas Seavey – the winner of the 2014 Iditarod – is the first musher into White Mountain. He checked in at 10:10 Tuesday morning. Mitch Seavey and Aaron Burmeister are running in second and third place, respectively.

March 17, 2015
Iditarod Front-Runners Headed For White Mountain

Iditarod Front-Runners Headed For White Mountain

Front running teams are making their way for White Mountain Tuesday morning.

March 17, 2015
Aily Zirkle blew through Kaltag. (Photo by Emily Schwing)

Fresh, Drifting Snow Slowing Progress Along Iditarod Trail

In the final push for Nome, Iditarod mushers are making big moves and cutting rest, but fresh snow, and drifted trail isn’t only slowing the leaders – trail conditions have also slowed dog teams in chase mode.

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March 17, 2015

Seavey, Burmeister First to Koyuk; Zirkle, Royer Behind Leaders

Dallas Seavey and Aaron Burmeister were the first two into Koyuk Monday afternoon. Seavy led by only three minutes, though his 50-mile run from Shaktoolik was the fastest by far — only seven and a half hours. Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Royer arrived later in the afternoon.

March 16, 2015
High Winds, Blowing Snow Expected Along Bering Sea Coast

High Winds, Blowing Snow Expected Along Bering Sea Coast

Iditarod teams that reach the coast at Unalakleet will run into a fierce windstorm and blowing snow.

March 16, 2015
Aaron Burmeister in Kaltag. (Photo by Emily Schwing)

Burmeister Takes Iditarod Lead Out Of Shaktoolik

eigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey was the first into Shaktoolik early Monday morning, but Aaron Burmeister was the first out of the checkpoint. Both are running with 12 dogs as they enter the last 170 miles of the race. leading the charge to Koyuk.

March 16, 2015
Iditarod Mushers Consider All Their Options As They Head Up The Coast

Iditarod Mushers Consider All Their Options As They Head Up The Coast

Iditarod teams began the final push up the Bering Sea Coast Sunday night. Everything from the condition of the dogs, to the weather can change dramatically and quickly on the sea ice, and that has mushers scrutinizing their own decisions and those made by their fellow competitors.

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March 16, 2015

Dallas Seavey Leading The Way To Shaktoolik

After a quick 5 minute stop in Unalakleet, reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey took the lead and is on the way to Shaktoolik.

March 15, 2015
As They Leave Kaltag, Mushers Say The Real Racing Is Yet To Come

As They Leave Kaltag, Mushers Say The Real Racing Is Yet To Come

Iditarod teams are making their way for the Bering Sea Coast, after days of travel along the frozen Yukon River and through the Interior’s boreal forest.

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March 15, 2015
Iditarod Mushers Continue to Gamble with Rest, Long Runs and Extreme Cold

Iditarod Mushers Continue to Gamble with Rest, Long Runs and Extreme Cold

According to the Iditarod race rules, teams have to rest for 24 hours somewhere along the trail. They also have to take an eight-hour mandatory rest before they leave the Yukon River and again near the end of the race.

March 14, 2015

New Route Makes Some Mushers Feel Like Rookies

This year’s race reroute has left even the most seasoned of Iditarod mushers feeling like rookies. Race leaders won’t start to appear until after teams complete their mandatory layovers and make up their start time differentials.

March 13, 2015