Iditapod: Coronavirus concerns and the Last Great Race

Mille Porsild’s sleepy dog in Takotna on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Takotna is about 330 miles into the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

When it comes to concern about the coronavirus, the Iditarod is no exception. In Nome, the city council is considering calling off Iditarod festivities, and we’re also hearing about a big announcement coming from the Iditarod itself, though we’ve been told by someone close to the race that they are not going to be canceling the rest of Iditarod altogether. Meantime, we have a more positive update about Jeff King’s health status, a race update, a story about a volunteer passing time tinkering on an old chainsaw, a listener question about who’s the best dog whisperer and another dog profile, this one about Juke, in Karin Hendrickson’s team.