Iditapod: Hitting close to Nome

Thomas Waerner’s sled dogs at the Unalakleet checkpoint on Sunday, March 15, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Unalakleet is at race mile 714. (Ben Matheson/KNOM)

It’s Tuesday, and we have a two-fer on dog profiles here on the Iditapod. And as we anticipate Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner winning the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome early Wednesday — barring any unforeseen changes — and we have a story about the modified Shaktoolik checkpoint, a remembrance of an all-star volunteer checkpoint leader in Unalakleet and a little about how a major, longtime sponsor of the Iditarod has announced it’s pulling out. (Maybe not all in that order).