Tag Archives: Nome

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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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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Serum Run 2011: Sled dogs arrive home

As the mushers and snow machiner’s crossed into Nome, some three weeks after the beginning of an epic journey that started in Alaska on a cold, wind-swept afternoon in Nenana, the home base support staff of this expedition sprang into action. At about 6:30 PM my friend Paul–who flew to Nome to see his wife finish the expedition and give …

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Iditarod 2011: John Baker wins the 2011 Iditarod

Well it’s official: John Baker of Kotzebue, Alaska is the winner of the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race and it could not have happened to a better guy. Baker is now in select company with a group of individuals that make this sport what it is today. From the likes of Lance Mackey, Susan Butcher, Libby Riddles, Doug Swingley, Martin …

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Iditarod 2011: Dynasties and Dream Seekers

Decades before my Iditarod dreams were even a simple fantasy there were families that would change the landscape of this Last Great Race that would become a dynasty. Today when you hear the names Seavey, Redington, and Mackey you think of just one thing: Iditarod Champions. Seavey Lets take the Seavey’s first. Dan Seavey, Sr. was one of the first …

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