Tag Archives: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Cripple to Ruby

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 …

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Iditarod 40: Never too old to run sled dogs

Even the old dogs can teach a thing or two to the pups. No, I am not talking about sled dogs here. I am talking about the mushers. 71 year old Jim Lanier just won the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award for being the first musher to run into the checkpoint of Cripple. Lanier, running in his 15th Iditarod shows …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Ophir to Cripple     73 Miles Out of the Ophir checkpoint the trail follows a cat trail along the Innoko River into the old village site about a mile further along. It crosses the river again six miles out of the checkpoint. From the crossing, the trail heads northeast. The terrain is flat with sparse …

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Iditarod 40: Scratches and Rule 36

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, also known as the Iditarod, has claimed it’s first victim. In the third night of the race, the first musher to scratch did so in Nikolai, Just 311 miles from the starting line. Each year, 60+ mushers invest countless hours, incredible resources and close to forty thousand dollars for the opportunity to run in what …

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Iditarod 40: How to they keep track of 1000 dogs?

In this year’s Iditarod sled dog race there are 66 mushers and over one thousand dogs that will spread across 975 miles of trail in some of the most remote conditions in North America. One question that I am always asked is: How to they keep track of all these dogs? Starting as soon as the weather cools and the …

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Iditarod 40: Aliy Zirkle wins Spirit of Alaska Award

It was a Super Tuesday indeed for Two Rivers (Alaska) musher, Aliy Zirkle who won the PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award for running first into the McGrath checkpoint in this year’s Iditarod. Zirkle is in first place 329 miles into the race in a 66 musher field that is vying for position to make it to Nome to claim a …

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Iditarod 40: The Trail. Nikolai to McGrath

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Nikolai to McGrath     48 Miles From Nikolai, the trail runs west to McGrath. The terrain is mostly flat. The trail passes through open swamps, small stands of spruce and alder and runs on the river itself. There are no grades to consider. This section is well traveled and should present no problems unless deep …

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Iditarod 40: The infamous Happy River Steps

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 …

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Iditarod 40: A race of checkpoints

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. …

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Iditarod 40: Famous Names

In every sport there are names that transcend and are easily recognized among the hardcore fans and arm-chair ones alike. The Iditarod is no different. In a competition where more people have climbed Mount Everest than have finished the Iditarod it is pretty select company to become a well recognized musher in this sport. While these folks are the names …

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