Tag Archives: Iditarod

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 To date eight mushers have withdrawn for various reasons.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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Vintage 1971

Like a great whiskey, fine wines, and maybe prime beef, they say things get better with age? But do they? I am 41 years old today. At 9:05 pm over four decades ago I came into this world to two parents full of hope and optimism of great things to come. I was their first child born shortly after the …

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Iditarod 40: Mushing’s Golden Girls

In a race that is usually filled with grizzled veterans, middle age men, frost-bitten faces and scraggly beards it is refreshing to see women compete in the race as well. Women in this sport have always been a power-house with several well-known females winning the race or coming close. Names like fan favorite 4-time champ Susan Butcher–who can be credited …

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Iditarod 40: Parking in Willow

At yesterday’s media briefing for the Iditarod they urged us to get the word out about the potential parking problem at the Iditarod re-start in Willow. Living in Willow I know what to expect. Not only do we have tons of snow here but in this small village of just 2,500 people, parking is at a premium. The re-start takes …

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Following in the footsteps of Greatness. Conway Seavey wins the Jr. Iditarod

When the sport of dog sledding is mentioned, one name often comes up in the conversation and that is Seavey. The Seavey family has been involved with the sport and the Iditarod for more than four decades. Two are Iditarod champions, Dan and Mitch, one is very close, Dallas and the youngest is a sure-fire favorite to mush under the …

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Hobo Jim at Willow Trading Post

The little hamlet, village or whatever they are calling it these days, of Willow Alaska comes alive next weekend for the start of the Iditarod. Thousands of people will flock to watch their favorite mushers on March 4th as they race towards Nome in the 1,049 mile dog sled race. An Alaskan legend, Hobo Jim will play three shows at …

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