March 13, 2013
Less than a day after Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, nearly two dozen mushers have made it to Nome -- but there are still a few slots left to end the race in the money. Seavey's Tuesday night repeat of his 2004 victory won him a new pickup truck and $50,400 from the Iditarod's $600,000 prize pool, with the remainder being divided among runner-up Aliy Zirkle and the rest of the race's top 30 mushers. As of about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, race standings show 22 mushers across the finish line, with four-time champions Jeff King, Martin Buser and Lance Mackey taking third, 17th and 19th place respectively.
March 7, 2009
by Kevin Wells Saturday, March 7, 2009 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The field of 67 mushers is through with preparations, and on Sunday they will all be hitting the trail for the 37th Last Great Race. For many race followers, Saturday's ceremonial start was like seeing your favorite movie stars on the red carpet. But mushers themselves have a lot to think about over the next week and a half -- that applies to even the most experienced. Even after reaching Nome 24 times, perennial crowd favorite Dee Dee Jonrowe still gets butterflies.
March 17, 2009
by Kevin Wells Monday, March 16, 2009 NOME, Alaska -- Chasing Lance Mackey is sort of like chasing a ghost. Leaving an hour after his pursuers arrive in checkpoints, Mackey has been leaving them in his wake. For the trip along the Bering Sea coast Mackey put his cagey veteran Larry, a former Golden Harness winner, back in the lead. And as the sun set on Monday, any realistic chance of catching the Iditarod leader was also receding. By early Wednesday it's very likely the Iditarod will crown Mackey a three-time champion.
March 13, 2010
by Jason Lamb Friday, March 12, 2010 RUBY, Alaska -- There are challenges weighing on the mushing teams of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race , both physical and mental. It's a quiet day in Ruby. Mushers here are letting their dogs take a much-needed rest after giving them something to eat. "It's a mixture of commercial dog food, canola oil, fish oil and some horsemeat," said musher Sebastian Schnuelle . And if that mixture sounds like a real winner, wait until you hear what the mushers themselves eat. "That's my health foods diet: Skittles, 5-Hour Energies, beef jerky," Schnuelle said.
March 10, 2009
by Kevin Wells Monday, March 9, 2009 SKWENTNA, Alaska -- Listening to mushers' comments prior to Iditarod 37 , most of the concern centered on wet weather and deep snow. But teams have experienced few troubles, at least in the early going -- for the field of 67, the first leg of Iditarod looked more like Route 66. An enthusiastic crowd greeted veteran Ed Iten , first into Skwentna Sunday night. "We're not racing yet, we're just trying to get down the trail the most efficient way we can," he said.
February 7, 2010
by Eric Sowl Saturday, February 6, 2010 FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The 27th annual Yukon Quest got underway Saturday afternoon, featuring a widely varied field of mushers. Twelve of them are veterans, the other 12 rookies, but they all have a common goal: get to Whitehorse. Four-time Quest champion Lance Mackey is back, after sitting out of last year's race. "It was sad and a good thing at the same time, not running and watching last year," Mackey said. "One, my two good buddies, Hugh Neff and Sebastian, battled out a great race.
March 4, 2013
STORY UPDATED AT 10:46 p.m. 3/4/13: 27 teams made their way into Rohn Monday and many of the top contenders decided to keep going towards Nikolai about 75 miles away. 11 teams checked out of Rohn led by Paul Gebhardt and Aliy Zirkle. Both teams departed around 7:30 p.m. Monday, with Gebhardt having a four-minute jumpstart. Martin Buser and Matt Failor were the first teams into Rohn, however both opted to take their 24-hour layover. Top 10 race standing just before 11 p.m. Monday: 1 Paul Gebhardt 2 Aliy Zirkle 3 Jeff King 4 Michelle Phillips 5 Mitch Seavey 6 Ray Redington Jr 7 Ken Anderson 8 Nicolas Petit 9 Peter Kaiser 10 Jake Berkowitz Editor's Note: KTUU's Neil Torquiano contributed to the Monday night update.
March 18, 2009
by Kevin Wells Tuesday, March 17, 2009 NOME, Alaska -- Lance Mackey is still in the lead of Iditarod 37 , distancing himself from the rest of the pack as he pulls into White Mountain for his mandatory 8-hour layover. But it's been slow going on the trail as mushers battle harsh weather conditions along the Bering Sea coast. John Baker and Sebastian Schnuelle say they're not racing each other yet, but their battle for second place is the most compelling thing left in Iditarod 37, especially when you consider Baker's ascent into the top three.
March 9, 2011
A new lead pack has emerged on the Iditarod trail, with four mushers pressing on past Wednesday's lead pack, which remained in Takotna Wednesday afternoon. The four top mushers are now in Ophir. Now leading the Last Great Race is Robert Nelson of Kotzebue, who just briefly stopped in Takotna and has now checked into Ophir. Behind him in a tight pack -- three mushers in four minutes -- are Trent Herbst and Cim Smyth. Kelley Griffin came into Ophir just nine minutes behind the pack.
March 12, 2010
by Andrew Hinkelman Friday, March 12, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It's game on in the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race . Four-time champion Jeff King , who won an eight-course meal and $3,500 for being the first to reach the Yukon River earlier Friday, led the way into Galena Friday evening at 5:10 p.m. after taking his mandatory 8-hour layover in Ruby. King left Ruby at 11:08 a.m. and Lance Mackey followed 72 minutes later after completing his 8-hour layover as well.