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Iditarod 2011: Who will win?

Iditarod 2011: Who will win As the top mushers get ready to take their mandatory 24 rest who is your favorite to win this year’s Iditarod? This year’s winner will receive $50,400 and a new Dodge truck when their dog team crosses first under the burled arch in Nome.

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Iditarod 2011: Know when to fold ’em

The buzz around Fourth Avenue in Anchorage at the ceremonial start for this year’s Iditarod is that musher number 34 Paul Gebhardt would give Lance Mackey a run for his money. Gebhardt’s dog truck was sitting right next to us at the staging area for the start, one that he shared with Kristy Berington (#7) and the talk amongst the …

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Iditarod 2011: Leased teams and rookie mistakes

On yesterday’s episode of Mush! You Huskies we spoke about a little known fact about the Iditarod. Leased teams. While leasing a team to run The Last Great Race, is not new and has been around for years, it is something that the casual fan doesn’t know much about. According to our Iditarod expert on Mush! You Huskies, 7-time Iditarod …

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Serum Run: Onward to the coast!

As of the last report the mushers and snowmachiner’s are at Old Woman cabin and will run into Unalakleet today. Unalakleet the biggest town between Anchorage and Nome and is the first checkpoint on the notorious coast. Unalakleet has been made famous recently on the Discovery Channel show, Flying Wild Alaska about the Tweto family and its bush pilots. Unalakleet …

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Iditarod 2011: Some dreams are already over

We are only two and a half days into the 2011 Iditarod and we already have two scratches. Melissa Owens of Nome, and Zoya DeNure of Gakona. Both of the musher’s Iditarod dreams come to a screeching halt in a notorious portion of the trail, Rainy Pass. Owens, aggravated a leg injury that happened before the race even started scratched …

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Iditarod Gear: To bring or not to bring. That is the question.

On Mush! You Huskies radio show last night we talked about the mandatory gear that every musher MUST carry in his sled during the Iditarod. According to the official rules of the Iditarod it says: Rule 16: Mandatory Items: A musher must carry with him/her at all times the following items: Proper cold weather sleeping bag weighing a minimum of …

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Willow, Alaska: The mushing capital of the world

After yesterday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage for the 39th running of the Iditarod, the real fun begins today in Willow for the official start of the race. Willow, Alaska is a village of about 2500 people and the place I call home. It is about 70 miles north of Anchorage and on the “road system.” There is not much here …

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