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Post Posted: Mar 4, 2019 9:31 pm 
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Here is a nice article about one of the new lady mushers.

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/01/69939041 ... t-iditarod


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Post Posted: Mar 6, 2019 7:47 am 
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Here's our current line up

POS MUSHER (Bib#) CHKPNT
1 Nicolas Petit (20) In to Ophir
2 Aliy Zirkle (19) Out of Takotna
3 Jessie Holmes (5) Out of Takotna
4 Joar Leifseth Ulsom(28) In to Takotna
5 Jessie Royer (14) In to Takotna
6 Peter Kaiser (9) In to Takotna
7 Matt Hall (3) In to Takotna
8 Richie Diehl (29) In to Takotna
9 Ryan Redington (22) In to Takotna
10 Mitch Seavey (32) In to Takotna

I assume this year's winner is in this group.
These lead mushers will likely be taking their mandatory 24 hr rest soon

Position of some others

17 Jeff King (23) Out of McGrath
25 Martin Buser (21) In to McGrath
26 Kristy Berington In to McGrath
27 Anna Berington In to McGrath


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Post Posted: Mar 6, 2019 12:15 pm 
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:yikes: OMG!!!! Aliy just left Ophir w/o doing her 24 and with only 2 hr of rest.

It's ~80 miles to the next check point, Iditarod (a ghost town who gives its name to the race) and the 1/2 way point.

It's snowing and the wind is blowing. Race strategy would mark this as a bit of a risky move. I hope it pays off for her. :praying:

This puts her currently in the lead!

Go Aliy go! :multi:
Run dogs run! :multi:
Safe travels :praying:


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Post Posted: Mar 7, 2019 8:58 am 
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She's in Iditarod but her time was really slow. I hope she's taking her break there.

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Yeah, she was super slow and said she rode in circles for awhile trying to find the trail.
She declared her 24 there.
This move hurt her, I'm afraid.
But there is a lot of racing left to do.


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BUT she got the prize for first into Iditarod (it's the halfway point)

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Yep! She said that's a first for her.

All is not lost for her. But that last run wasted time/energy.
But she gets to rest today and think about the best way(s) to finish the race.

I think she still has a chance.
But Nic and Joar are running so strong it blows my mind.


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Anyone have Facebook and can look up what happened to Shaynee Traska?

She scratched but why?


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Traska said she hasn’t felt completely right about this year’s race since the beginning. The Iditarod is physically challenging and also mentally tough. She had felt sick to her stomach on the trail and worried, she said. She didn’t know why. Maybe the dogs picked up on that.
“It’s a huge mental game, and I think that’s where I struggle the most,” said Traska, who has a sled dog kennel in Two Rivers.
Traska also had some dogs with muscle soreness and sent four of them home: Sanford, Julius, Hershey and Henley. She thought she might have to leave a couple more dogs behind here, and didn’t know if she wanted to try to take a small team all the way to Nome.
...... Traska had decided to end her race in Nikolai.
She scratched at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, making the decision “out of the best interest of her race team,” said a statement from the Iditarod. She’s the first musher to call it quits on the 2019 Iditarod Trail.
https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/ ... n-nikolai/

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Thanks for that update.

My life is getting busy again which makes it hard to keep up with the race.
And so much happens overnight.
Here's the lastest

POS MUSHER BIB CHKPNT
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Anvik
2 Joar L. Ulsom 28 In to Shageluk
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Shageluk
4 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Shageluk
5 Mitch Seavey 32 In to Shageluk
6 Richie Diehl 29 In to Shageluk
7 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Iditarod
8 Matthew Failor 17 Out of Iditarod
9 Paige Drobny 40 Out of Iditarod
10 Matt Hall 3 Out of Iditarod
11 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Iditarod
12 Mats Pettersson 4 Out of Iditarod
13 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Iditarod

Nic is the first to Anvil again this year. The first checkpoint on the Yukon river. I assume he is eating the celebratory 5-course meal right now!

Jessie Royer is having a terrific race. I'd love to see her win.

Aliy fell way behind making that run to Iditarod when she did. It took most of the mushers ~14 hrs to run from Ophir to Iditarod, compared to 17.5 hr for her. And both Nic and Jessie Holmes did that run in under 10 hrs!

I hope Aliy can make up some time now that she has come off her 24. But her current speeds are not all that impressive at the moment.

But Aliy does have all 14 dogs still. As does Nic Petit & Jessie Royer. Joar and Mitch are down to 11 dogs.


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So here's where the race really gets fun. For the front runners, all the time differentials are now accounted for: 24 & 8 hr rests plus the race start time differentials. So here are our top 10 racers:


POS MUSHER (Bib#) CHKPNT
1 Nicolas Petit (20) Out of Kaltag
2 Joar L. Ulsom (28) Out of Kaltag
3 Jessie Royer (14) Out of Kaltag
4 Peter Kaiser (9) Out of Kaltag
5 Mitch Seavey (32) Out of Kaltag
6 Matt Hall (3) Out of Kaltag
7 Jessie Holmes (5) Out of Kaltag
8 Aliy Zirkle (19) Out of Kaltag
9 Matthew Failor (17) Out of Kaltag
10 Richie Diehl (29) In to Kaltag

Nic has been in the lead for the majority of the race. In Kaltag, he switched to a lighter sled. This could make him even faster. But I'm not seeing it, yet. Certainly could benefit the dogs in the long.

Jessie Royer really has a shot at this!! I'm so excited for her. She is only 16 miles behind Nic and only 4 miles behind Joar. Then we have Pete Kaiser who is only 4 miles behind Jessie R. With 300+ miles to go this is really a tight race!

Aily is currently 68 miles behind Nic which is significant, but still possible. Especially since a storm is coming through and she claims that's when her team can usually out preform most other teams.

The Iditarod has been so exciting this year! They are supplying much more content this year to the subscribers. Great interviews, amazing footage of the dogs, the race and Alaska in general. What a beautiful place!

It is delightful to see how much the dogs love to run, even after 600+ miles. You can't help but feel their excitement. When I have the live feed sound on, my 13 yr old dog gets so excited hearing the sled dogs barking with anticipation just before they leave a check point. He's up wagging his tail and looks at me with eyes that say, "Who's going for a run? Can we go too?!!" So cute. :dog: :love:


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Really happy to see Aliy holding her own!

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