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Post Posted: Mar 16, 2019 11:49 am 
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CooknThyme and Aspenleaf, Thank you for keeping me up to date on the Iditarod!!!! I just haven't had the time like I used to! Your comments and summaries were great!

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Post Posted: Mar 16, 2019 5:46 pm 
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Actually, it's been almost all CnT. I intended to pay closer attention and be more helpful, but had 37 distractions come up. . Image

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Post Posted: Mar 16, 2019 6:34 pm 
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Actually Aspenleaf, if it hadn't been for your participation (and a few others) I would have likely stopped posting.
I didn't want to just talk to myself :animated laughing:
I do enough of that walking around the house doing chores! :animated laughing:

Also I noticed early on that the thread was getting a lot of views. So I figured a couple of people must have been interested in what we had to say on this topic!
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This was the first place I came when I got home at night....to see the latest and greatest information! Especially since you had the insider!

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Post Posted: Mar 16, 2019 7:18 pm 
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Well Cindy Gallea just checked into White Mt! She overtook 2 other mushers, Victoria Hardwick and Kristin Bacon. Those last 2 should be arriving at White Mt sometime this evening.

Even the end of the race is exciting!
I agree with Lance MacKey, every team that reaches Nome is a winner!

Run dog Run! :groovin: :love: :dog:


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Post Posted: Mar 17, 2019 9:35 am 
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Super sad news. :cry:

Richie Beattie finished the race on Thursday in 21st place earning Rookie of the year. During the post-race vet check one of his dogs, Oshi, was deemed to be very sick. Oshi was stabilized and then flown to Anchorage for further treatment.

Unfortunately, Saturday evening Oshi passed away with a preliminary diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia. A necropsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death. She was only 5 yrs old. So sad. :cry:

With the new rules, Richie was withdrawn from the race. The title of Rookie of the Year, will now be bestowed upon Ed Hopkin, who was Bruce Lee's pick at the beginning of the race. Bruce Lee is one of Iditarod.com race commentators and analyst.

Rule 41 of the race states that all dogs are “under the jurisdiction of the Race Marshal from the time they enter the staging area at the start until 72 hours after they have been released by ITC veterinarians or 48 hours after the final musher finishes.”

RIP Oshi :rose: :dog: :love:

Other news....

There are 6 teams still racing. All but one have left White Mt. Three are currently on the way to Safety and two are heading to Nome.
Victoria Hardwick the last musher, checked into White Mt at ~5am (AK time) so has most of her mandatory 8 hr rest to complete. She can't finish the race in time for the Banquet tonight.


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Oh, that's terrible. It seems like it's almost always aspiration pneumonia. ??

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I know, it is so sad.
Aspiration pneumonia seems much too common in dogs and people.

I have absolutely no clue if this could have been prevented or if Richie Beattie was negligent in some manner. I have no idea.

Its just heart wrenching when a dog (or a musher) gets seriously hurt during this race, regardless of the cause.

I expect the PETA-type crowd will go ballistic over this.

Some incidents are harder to handle than others. Accidents do happen. And every type of athlete has to expects some injuries during their career (whether a sled dog, football ball player, gymnist, etc). It's just so tough when it is serious.

But when it is due to poor dog care, intentional disregard or malice then I go ballistic too.

Remember a few years ago (2016?) when that crazy/drunk guy on a snowmobile repeatedly assaulted the teams of Jeff King & Aliy Zirkle? The jerk killed one (or two?) of Jeff's dogs and injured other dogs on both Jeff & Aliy's teams. Plus he damaged their sleds by ramming them with his snow mobile.

The deplorable drunk claimed it was an accident. What??? I don't believe it for a second, he was intentionally trying to do harm. How can repeated assaults be an accident? If memory serves, he only got a 6 month sentence and a small fine.

Had I been the judge/jury he would not have gotten off so lightly.


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The live stream of the Awards Banquet is about to begin! I have my entertainment for this evening. I hope the mushers tell some funny and/or heart warming stories from the trail! That's always the best part for me.

Three teams still mushing. Well actually they seem to be doing more resting than running. :lol:
Eventually they will get to Nome.

current position

38 Kristin Bacon into Safety
39 Cindy Gallea out of White Mountain
40 Victoria Hardwick out of White Mountain


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Technical difficulties :thud:

They were not able to live stream the banquet yesterday. They said they will post a recording some time today.

According to the GPS tracker there is one team still racing, Victoria Hardwick. It appears as if she lost the trail and was off course for awhile. Judging from the tracker info she's been camped out all night about half way from White Mt to Safety. There are cabins/shelters along the trail. The Nome Kennel Club maintains a shelter in the area where she is camping. Hopefully she found it and is safe.

The stretch from White Mt to Safety can be the most treacherous section of the entire race. The winds can be horrendous. The topography creates wind tunnels that they call blow holes. Hurricane force gales are common. It's a tough stretch of the race particularly for a rookie like Victoria to be running alone, especially at night.

I suspect she is waiting for daylight (sunrise= 9:05am AK time) to make it easier to follow the trail. Word is the wind has created drifts that have completely obscured the trail and many trail markers are missing.

Good luck Victoria, stay positive and safe travels.


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hopefully everybody can see these. I have a subscription to Anchorage Daily
It's a great set of pictures of the race. various racers and location

https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/ ... ews+Update

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