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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Shaktoolik to Koyuk

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Shaktoolik to Koyuk   50 Miles The trail from Shaktoolik bears north, crossing the peninsula. It runs on land for eight to nine miles then starts across Norton Bay at the mouth of Reindeer Cove. The terrain to this point is mostly gentle swells of the ground with no true grades. There is no vegetation. Approximately ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby     70 Miles Leaving Cripple, the country stays the same for 15 to 20 miles. Then the trees get larger and thicker, with larger rolling hills. At Bear Creek, the trail enters a cat trail that should be easy to follow. At Sulatna Crossing (steel bridge), most of the mushers stop to ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: The infamous Happy River Steps

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The 2012 Iditarod is only about 18 hours old and some of the front runners, Hugh Neff, Lance Mackey, Paul Gebhardt, Aily Zirkle, and Ryan Redington are making very good time with most of them heading into Rainy Pass. Right around this area is a part of the trail that is a much of legend as the race itself. It ... Read More »

Iditarod 40: A race of checkpoints

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Ask just about any musher in the Iditarod how they track the race and they will say from checkpoint to checkpoint. A couple weeks ago I met a 2010 Iditarod rookie and she pulled out a laminated card with a chart listing miles to and from each checkpoint. She said this is how she knew what she was up against. ... Read More »