Tag Archives: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

In 1987 a dream was born (Part 2)…

The Iditarod celebrated its 40th anniversary this past March with Willow (AK) musher, Dallas Seavey winning the race. While checking out YouTube I came across a series of videos that captured my attention. They were Iditarod videos, old school style! When they were made, this years winner was just born days after. Robert Forto and Team Ineka are training for …

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Iditarod 40: Winnings

As the 2012 Iditarod draws to a close with the winners crossing under the burled arch in Nome in just a couple hours, a lot of folks are interested in what the winner(s) will take home. The top 30 finishers in Iditarod 2012 will take home a combined $550,000. Here’s the list, by position, according to Iditarod officials: — 1st $50,400 …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Elim to Golovin   28 Miles The trail leaves Elim, following the ice along the coast for 10-11 miles to a cabin just north-northeast of the limestone cliffs, and here it turns right (inland) and crosses the Kwiktalik Mountains. This range is a low series of hills (1,000 to 1,500 ft.) with moderate grades. Vegetation ranges …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Shaktoolik to Koyuk

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 …

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Iditarod 40: Mush! The Movie

MUSH, a documentary written and directed by Alex Stein, is the first look behind the scenes at the “fine madness of the Iditarod.” While nearly everything in the world seems to be getting smaller, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race remains larger than life. And that’s probably why more people have summited Mt. Everest in the last two years than …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Kaltag to Unalakleet

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Kaltag to Unalakleet   85 Miles From Kaltag, the trail exits from the northwest end of the runway. The next 15 miles run through spruce forest and open areas along the Kaltag River, climbing gently to the summit of the Portage. Continuing through similar terrain, it starts down the Unalakleet drainage to Old Woman Cabin at …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Nulato to Kaltag

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Nulato to Kaltag     47 Miles The final stretch on the Yukon River before turning inland for the Kaltag Portage headed towards the coast. Kaltag always offers a warm welcome. Checkpoint is at Kaltag Community Center. Kaltag — (KAL-tag) — (KAL) Lat 64.19 Long 158.45 — Population 205 — This town signals a brief respite …

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Iditarod 40: Idita-Facts

The Iditarod starts in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 3rd (10 am) The Iditarod Re-starts in Willow Alaska, Sunday, March 4th (2 pm) As of February 16, 2012 there are 66 mushers signed up for the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, including 52 veterans, 14 rookies and 16 women. To date eight mushers have withdrawn for various reasons. …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato     37 Miles About 10 miles outside of Galena is the picturesque Bishop’s Rock, where some of the most famous photographs of mushers are taken. In most years the local traffic keeps the river trail hard and fast. This section is well marked because wind and snow can cover the trail very …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ruby to Galena

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ruby to Galena      50 Miles From Ruby to Kaltag, the next 134 miles is on the Yukon River, passing through Galena and Nulato. In most years the local traffic keeps the river trail hard and fast. This section is well marked because wind and snow can cover the trail very quickly. Checkpoint is usually …

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