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 IDITAROD XLIII FINISHERS BANQUET AWARD WINNERS

Nome, Alaska – Sunday, March 22, 2015 – The special awards given to mushers at the Finishers Banquet are listed below.

PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award

  • Presented since 2000 to the first musher to reach McGrath. This year, due to the change in the race trail, it was presented in Ruby.
  • Musher receives:
    • An original “Spirit Mask,” created especially for this event by Bristol Bay artist, Orville Lind.
    • $500.00 credit on PenAir towards travel or freight shipments.
  • First presented at the Ruby checkpoint and again at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Mitch Seavey

Millennium Alaskan Hotel First Musher to the Yukon Award

  • Presented since 1983 in the checkpoint of Ruby (even years) or Anvik (odd years). This year, due to the change in the race trail, it was presented in Galena.
  • Musher receives:
    • Five course gourmet dinner prepared at the checkpoint.

o $3,500.00 in $1.00 bills as an ‘after dinner mint’ served up in a commemorative gold pan.

  • First presented at Galena and again at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Jeff King

GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award

  • Presented by GCI since 1994 in the checkpoint of Cripple (even years) or Iditarod (odd years). This year, due to the change in the race trail, it was presented in Huslia.
  • Musher receives:
    • $3,000.00 in gold nuggets
    • commemorative trophy
  • First presented in Huslia and again at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Aaron Burmeister

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award

  • Presented by Bristol Bay Native Corporation since 2014 to the first musher to reach Kaltag.
  • Musher receives:
    • check for $2,000.00
    • twenty-five pounds of Bristol Bay salmon
  • First presented in Kaltag and again at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Aaron Burmeister

Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award

  • Presented by Wells Fargo since 1993 to the first musher to the “Gold Coast” community of Unalakleet
  • Musher receives:
    • $3,500.00 worth of gold nuggets
    • commemorative trophy
  • First presented in Unalakleet and again at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Aaron Burmeister

Jerry Austin Memorial Rookie of the Year Award

  • Presented since 1980 to the top placing rookie by Clara Austin (wife of Jerry Austin) and family.
  • Musher receives:

o $1,500.00 check

    • commemorative trophy
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Thomas Waerner

Nome Kennel Club Fastest Time from Safety to Nome Award

  • Presented since 1973 by the Nome Kennel Club.
  • Winner must be in top 20
  • Musher receives:
    • $500.00 check
    • commemorative trophy
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Wade Marrs

Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Official Truck Award

  • Presented since 1991 to the Iditarod Champion.
  • Musher Receives:
    • 2015 Ram 1500 4x4 pickup truck valued at $40,000.00
  • Presentation made at finish line and again at Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Dallas Seavey

 

Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award

  • Presented since 1987
  • Recognizes the musher who has bettered his/her last previous finish by the most number of places
  • Mushers receives:
    • $2,000 check
    • commemorative trophy
  • Presented at Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Travis Beals

 

Donlin Gold Sportsmanship Award

  • Presented since 1977
  • Chosen by fellow mushers (Iditarod Official Finishers Club) as demonstrating sportsmanship
  • Musher receives:
    • $3,500 check
    • commemorative trophy
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Lance Mackey

 

ExxonMobil Mushers’ Choice Award

  • Presented since 2010
  • Chosen by fellow mushers (Iditarod Official Finishers Club) as most inspirational
  • Musher receives:
    • Limited Edition Gold Iditarod Coin and plaque valued at $3,990.00
  • Winner: Jason Mackey

 

Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award

  • Presented since 2007
  • Chosen by race staff and officials as the person who emulates “Herbie: The Shishmaref Cannon Ball” in his/her attitude on the trail
  • Recipient receives:
    • $1,049.00 in “pocket change” inside of a NAC jacket
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Aaron Burmeister

 

Golden Clipboard Award

  • Presented since 2001 to a special checkpoint
  • Chosen by mushers (Iditarod Official Finishers Club) as the most outstanding checkpoint of the year
  • Recipient receives:
    • Commemorative plaque
  • Winner: Huslia

 

Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award

  • Presented since 1982 to a top 20 team
  • Chosen by the veterinary team based on criteria to determine who has best demonstrated outstanding dog care throughout the Race while remaining competitive.
  • Musher receives:
    • Round trip tickets
    • A lead crystal cup on an illuminated wooden base.
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: Nicolas Petit

 

City of Nome Lolly Medley Memorial Golden Harness Award

  • Originally presented by the late Lolly Medley, Wasilla harness maker and one of two women to run the second Iditarod in 1974
  • Chosen by mushers (Iditarod Official Finishers Club) as the most outstanding lead dog
  • Musher receives:
    • embroidered gold colored harness
  • Presented at the Nome Awards Banquet
  • Winner: ‘Reef’, Dallas Seavey’s lead dog

Red Lantern Award

  • Presented since 1973 to the last musher to finish Race
  • Musher receives:
    • Red lantern trophy
  • Presentation made on the street as musher crossed under the burled arch. Also re- presented at the Nome Awards Banquet.
  • Winner: Cindy Abbott

Donlin Gold Snowmachine Drawing

  • Presented since 2013
  • Random Drawing for all mushers at the Anchorage Banquet
  • Musher receives:
    • 2015 SKIDOO EXP Sport 550
  • Winner: Nathan Schroeder

Northern Air Cargo 4-Wheeler Drawing

  • Presented since 2008
  • Awarded to the musher whose key, which is randomly chosen by the musher, starts the 4 wheeler prior to taking the stage.
  • Musher receives:
    • 2015 Arctic Cat 400 4 Wheeler
  • Winner: Laura Allaway



Limited North American Championships

March 13, 2015 - Day one of the Annamaet Pet Foods Limited North American Championships has been completed.  It was COLD!!  Because of the cold weather, we delayed the start of the entire day of races by one hour and we have decided to delay the start on Saturday and Sunday by one hour as well.  Racing will start on Saturday with the 2-dog Skijoring at 12pm instead of 11am. Visit the Fairbanks Dog Mushers Association web site for more information at www.sleddog.org/



START ORDER OF IDITAROD XLIII SET

Anchorage, Alaska - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Iditarod mushers, sponsors, and race fans filled the Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska to celebrate the start of IDITAROD XLIII. Alaskan balladeer Hobo Jim entertained a crowd of nearly 2,100.
Print out of Mushers List
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2015 Iditarod is in full swing

Be sure to purchase you 2015 Iditarod limited edition print & posterby Iditarod official artist, Jon Van Zyle. To see more visit Jon Van Zyle's web site at http://www.jonvanzyle.com/NewArrivals.html

Book Release Party for Iditarod The First Ten Years





Anchorage, Alaska – March 1, 2015 – Book release party for Iditarod® The First Ten Years, at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel will be held on Friday, March 6th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Redington Room with a no host bar and co-sponsored by the “Old Iditarod Gang” and the Iditarod Trail Committee. Many of the contributors will be on hand to autograph books including Iditarod champions Dick Mackey, Joe May, and Jeff King. Other mushers in attendance will be inaugural Iditarod competitors Howard Farley, Dan Seavey, Ken Chase, Bud Smyth, Raymie Redington, Rod Perry as well as mushers from the first decade Sue Firmin, Shelley Gill, Dee Dee Jonrowe, Sonny Lindner, Alan Perry, Rose Albert, Patty Friend, Myron Angstman, Al Crane, Lavon Barve and Official Iditarod artist and musher Jon Van Zyle. We are also expecting several more surprise guests from around the state.

The book is a story that has been waiting to be told for over 40 years. This anthology, conceived, written and compiled by the Old Iditarod Gang,
chronicles the evolution of Joe Redington’ s dream of running a race on the historic Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome.
The Gang is a group of old friends who were passionate about those beginnings and were involved in every aspect of the race. A couple of them actually ran the race! With their contributions and first-hand accounts from dozens of others who were there, what they have created is a masterful book of memories and a book of thanks.

The collection of anecdotes and short stories is written by more than a hundred of those folks who participated -mushers, organizers, administrators, promoters and fund raisers; pilots, checkers, journalists, photographers, hams, veterinarians and hundreds of support personnel, all whom volunteered, working on their own dime and all doing it just to be a part of it.

The historic book is a hard-bound 424 page volume packed with full-color and black and white photos. It also features 95 pieces of original art. The book’s “old-timey” scrapbook format fits the theme of its historical significance.

The book will be headlined during Iditarod race week kick-off and will be showcased and sold at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, in the Iditarod’s gift shops, at the Musher’s Banquet, at Pikes during the Race Restart and in Nome.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Iditarod Trail Foundation designated specifically, for veterinarian care of the sled dogs.
For more information visit their web site at http://www.iditarodfirsttenyears.com/order.html


2015 Junior Iditarod Diverted to Denali Highway Route

Posted 02/25/15 - Courtesy of Junior Idiatrod - Due to extremely icy conditions in Willow, the Jr. Iditarod Start and Finish has been moved to the Denali Hwy. to Alpine Creek Lodge. The race start will take place on SUNDAY, March 1st at NOON, starting area right near the parking area - (Barb R. will post directions tomorrow right after she get's them!) The team's will mush in 65 miles to the Alpine Creek Lodge where they will do their camping/mandatory 10 hour layover, after which they will mush back out to the parking area for the finish.
The FINISH will be on MONDAY, March 2nd. Barb Redington is corresponding with J. Hempstead on being able to have the finisher's banquet at the school - so please watch for updates on that, it would most likely be a delicious pizza party/banquet, please like in favor! Thank You to the Jr. Iditarod Board of Director's, especially our Trail Manager Richard Plack who is coordinating on bringing supplies in to the lodge on Friday!! Thank You's to Alpine Creek Lodge, Jayne Hempstead who is working on some details in that area, Race Marshall Emily Krol, 
Trail people, Volunteer Coordinator Chris Blankenship and especially to the Jr. Musher's who are ready to mush where we want them to mush safely!! Thank You to our race sponsor's, supporter's & volunteer's!! We couldn't do this without you!! ~ Jr Iditarod Race Officials



Anchorage band teacher mixes music and mushing

By Heather Hintze  7:15 PM February 23, 2015ANCHORAGE – For Philip Walters, teaching band at Begich Middle School is a lot like racing sled dogs — it’s all about teamwork. “The middle school band students, they want to do well, they want to do a good job, they want to help you,” said Walters. ”Same thing with the dogs. The dogs really want to do a good job. Sometimes, they don’t know what they’re doing, they don’t know how to do it, and that’s where your job comes in. You help them figure it out.” Walters grew up in a musical home. His dad taught orchestra, and his mom was a choir teacher. They inspired him to follow in their footsteps.It wasn’t until he moved to Alaska about 10 years ago that he started mushing. Now, he’s looking forward to his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. “It’s a lot overwhelming,” Walters laughed. “There have been many times this year where I’ve sat there going, ‘This is happening.’ It’s very surreal.” There’s an Iditarod countdown on his classroom’s white board and a poster in the corner. But other than that, there’s not much talk of the Last Great Race. He’s focused on preparing his students for their upcoming concert....Read more at http://www.ktva.com/anchorage-band-teacher-mixes-music-and-mushing-431/

2015 FUR RONDY OPEN CANCELLED

POSTED 02/22/15 - A NOTE FROM THE ALASKA DOG MUSHING ASSOCIATION: By now the news of the cancellation of the 2015 Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race has reached many of you. Some of you watched with interest the pictures posted on Facebook of our efforts to fill in especially challenging sections of backtrail with nearly 4 dump truck loads of snow (donated by the Municipality), sledful by sledful, shovelful by shovelful. On Saturday, the persistant above freezing temperatures and rain simply made our efforts ineffective. As Dan Kaushagen, trail boss stated, “We can fill in holes but we can?t fill in 10 miles of trail.” The unseasonable weather also took its toll on the 7 miles of bike trails that connect 4th Avenue to our trails leaving ice on overpass approaches, glazed trails with no edges, or even bare pavement and that was the final straw. Even our most diligent efforts cannot create a trail under these conditions.

ASDRA commonly uses a “drop dead date” of 10 days before the start of the race to make the call. This year was different. The Anchorage Centennial, the grants secured by ASDRA to support off-the-road system teams able to be used only in 2015, and finally, the Attla dream of Joe Bifelt, his grand-nephew from his Frank Attla Youth Program, running this year?s race drove us to give the trails and the weather every last chance to resolve into a race trail. In the future, we will make every effort to make the assessment of our race potential under our usual time frame.

On Saturday, February 28 at 12 Noon on 4th Avenue at D Street - the start and finish line of the Rendezvous - GAI will host a dedication ceremony honoring George Attla. Please make time to join the mushing community and those Rondy spectators who loved George Attla for this event. I wish with all my heart that the event was couched in our race but that is not to be.

I hope to see you downtown on Saturday,

Janet Clarke,
Race Marshall

 



Spirit of the Yukon Quest goes to...

02/21/15 - The Challenge of the North Award is selected by the Race Officials and goes to the musher who most exemplifies the Spirit of the Yukon Quest. This year's winner is Lance Mackey...who is out for a break and his handler is running out to get him! "I've heard of this award," jokes Lance. "I love this sport. I love this race. I love the people in it. And most importantly, I love the lifestyle."

The Golden Harness Award goes to Basin and Sound. "Two of the best dogs that any musher could have...I mean look at them! They're like the happiest beings on the planet," says Brent of his two leaders.

The Veterinarian's Choice Award is presented to the musher that best demonstrates outstanding dog care while remaining competitive. Dr. Nina Hansen presented this to Brent Sass. "Wow, this means WAY more than winning," says Brent. "It's all about the dogs!"

The Sportsmanship Award is selected by the racers themselves. Brent comes up to announce it. The winner is...Lance Mackey! He immediately puts on the fur hat that comes with the award. "I'm pretty sure everyone in this field deserves this award," says Lance. "It was really cool to travel with people like Ryne and Kristin...unfortunately not with the rest of you guys!"

Damon Tedford is receiving the Rookie of the Year Award for his fourth place finish. "I can't even put into words...thank you."

Brent is the recipient of the Dawson City Award which is four ounces of gold. He gives each of his handlers an ounce of gold for all the work they've done.

Rob Cooke from wins the Red Lantern Award for finishing last. He jokes that down the trail everyone was telling him that "Lance Mackey is going to beat you to the Red Lantern." Well it dind't happen but Rob continues to say "it's been an amazing race and I'm quite happy to be the Red Lantern."



2015 Yukon Quest a New Experience for Mackey

February 20, 2015 (Fairbanks, AK) –  It wasn’t quite the lantern he had hoped for, but when Lance Mackey crossed the finish line in Fairbanks Thursday evening, he was handed the “Almost Red Lantern”, marking the end of a journey that revitalized the four-time champion.
“I don't have to win this damn race to be successful,” said Mackey, adding he's realized he's already successful. “I've got a new attitude towards my race and my future.”
 
Mackey joked while on the trail that he was determined to win the Red Lantern this year since it’s one thing he’s never won before. His pace was a bit too quick for that, as he finished in 14th position – two spots up on the Red Lantern. Still, it was a race he will never forget.
 
“"It was awesome! My best, most funnest Quest ever!” exclaimed Mackey, who rested longer in checkpoints and shared stories with the volunteers about his experiences on the trail.
 
Mackey said he was “ecstatic” with the performance of his young dog team, which turned in a time of 12 days, seven hours, two minutes in their first Yukon Quest.
 
“This is the most memorable bonding experience I've had with my team.”
 
The veteran musher was greeted by several of his peers in the finish chute, including this year’s champion, Brent Sass, as well as Brian Wilmshurst and Damon Tedford.
 
“It was awesome running with you guys...or at least behind you.” Mackey joked.
 
While he plans on running the same dog team in next month’s Iditarod, Mackey said he’s already looking forward to the 2016 Yukon Quest.
 
“So when can I sign up?”
 
Olson First Female Musher to Cross Finish
 
Ryne Olson finished her first Yukon Quest with a blazing run on the last section of trail, clocking a time of just eight hours and three minutes from Two Rivers to Fairbanks, arriving at 12:56pm Thursday.
 
The rookie musher was the first female to cross the finish like in this year’s race, with a total elapsed time of 12 days, two hours, and eleven minutes. She was greeted at the finish line by past champions Allen Moore and Aliy Zirkle, who helped Olson get her start in mushing.
 
Praised as a force to be reckoned with in the future, Olson said she was pleased with her team’s race, adding her dogs made her smile. It’s the first time her dogs have run 1,000 miles.
 
Kristin Knight Pace, who travelled a large portion of the trail with Mackey, was the 15th musher to cross the finish line, arriving to large cheers from the crowd of friends, family, and fellow mushers.
 
Knight Pace completed the race in 12 day and 11 hours on the dot.
 
A group of kids from Orion's Belt School of Self Defense, which sponsors Knight Pace and her team, came out with signs and stayed to ask her some questions after her dog team was take care of.
 
“It was the trip of a lifetime. The coolest thing I've ever done, hands down!” Knight Pace said about the Yukon Quest.
 
Asked about the extreme cold weather on the first half of the trail, she replied, “I don't have a thermometer on my sled, so ignorance is bliss.”
 
Knight Pace also praised musher Cody Strathe, who greeted her at the finish, for building her dog sled.
 
“I know his sleds are really tough, because I hit lots of stuff,” she laughed.
 
Asked if she’s going to run the Yukon Quest again, Knight Pace paused, and then answered that her husband Andy has to go first.
 
One more musher will cross the finish line of the 2015 Yukon Quest. Rob Cooke was still completing his eight-hour mandatory layover in Two Rivers as of midnight and is expected to arrive in Fairbanks around lunchtime on Friday.



Third Place Surprising for Hopkins

February 18, 2015 (Fairbanks, AK) –  It’s been 22 years since Ed Hopkins ran his first Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race, and with five previous finishes under his belt, it’s the sixth race that may prove most memorable.

The Tagish Lake resident arrived in third place Tuesday night, which is the second highest finish for a Yukon musher – and one place higher than wife Michelle Phillips ever finished. Phillips placed fourth in 2008.
 
“So I had to beat her!” joked Hopkins.
 
Hopkins admitted he was surprised to place so high. He says looking at the mushers starting the race this year, he thought it would be hard to even get into the top ten.
 
“But things just seemed to be rolling along pretty good and it kind of snowballed from there.”
 
It was a tough year on the trail, with nine mushers scratching and one being withdrawn. The cold had a big affect on some, with temperatures hovering as low as -50 C in some locations. Hopkins was one of the few who didn’t mind it.
 
“That was in my favour, because I'm immune to the cold and don't mind it at all.”
 
He may be immune to the cold, but he’s not immune to getting older, he joked when asked what the difference was between his first Yukon Quest and this one.
 
“Oh I’m a hurtin’ unit now,” he laughed. “I wasn’t on the first one!”
 
Ed will earn $13,740.59 for his third place finish.
 
Thirteen more mushers were still out on the Yukon Quest trail as of midnight. Three more were expected to cross the finish line in the early hoursWednesday.
 
Rookie Damon Tedford was leading Hugh Neff heading into the final stretch, with fourth place at stake. Normand Casavant was also making his way down the trail from Two Rivers.
 
Jason Campeau and Torsten Kohnert were enjoying their eight-hour mandatory layover at Two Rivers, while Mike Ellis, Dave Dalton, and Nicolas Vanier were all on their way to the final checkpoint.
 
Brian Wilmshurst was resting at Mile 101 after conquering Eagle Summit. Ryne Olson, Lance Mackey and Kristin Knight Pace were all enjoying a good meal at Central Corner, while Red Lantern musher Rob Cooke left Circle Tuesday evening bound for Central. For all the latest news and information on the Yukon Quest, visit www.yukonquest.com

 

George Attla Jr. Passes Away



On Feb. 15, 2015, legendary Alaska sprint dog musher George Attla Jr., passed away peacefully at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage surrounded by family and friends after a brief battle with cancer.
 
George was born Aug. 8, 1933, at a fish camp just below Koyukuk on the Yukon River to the late Eliza and George Attla Sr. His parents traveled to the Yukon River from their home village of Huslia, which is on the Koyukuk River. George was raised in a subsistence lifestyle and spent the majority of his time at fish camp, cabins and spring camp until he contracted tuberculosis and underwent nearly 10 years of treatment in Sitka.

George began his mushing career in the 1950s and became a legendary open-class sprint dog racer.
George was revered and respected throughout the world for his dog mushing career, which spanned five decades. 

The movie "Spirit of the Wind" was based on his life. A book of the same title was also published. His book "Everything I Know About Training and Racing Sled Dogs" is still considered the musher's guide.

Known as the Huslia Hustler, George won 10 Fur Rendezvous World Championship Dog Races, eight North American World Championships and nine International Sled Dog Racing Association unlimited class medals. 2008 marked his 50th year of competitive sled dog racing. In 2011, George won the Bergman Sam Memorial Koyukuk River Championship in Huslia.

Gov. Steve Cowper proclaimed April 29, 1988, as "George Attla Day." In 2000, George was awarded the Best Musher of the 20th Century. In 2007, he was inducted into the first Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Most recently, George established the Frank Attla Youth & Sled Dog Care-Mushing Program in memory of his late son. 
He was able to pass on his knowledge, lifelong experience and passion for dog racing to the younger generation. One of his students, Joe Bifelt, plans on racing in the 2015 Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Sr. and Eliza Attla; brothers, Steven Attla Sr. and Frank Attla; sister, Minnie Yatlin; daughter, Barbara Attla; son, Frank Attla; daughter-in-law, Christine Attla; and grandchild, Stephan Simpson.

He is survived by his partner, Kathy Turco; brothers, Robert Attla, Alfred Attla (Helen) and Barney Attla (Ragine); sisters, Rose Ambrose, Marie Yaska and Madeline Williams (Bill); children, Gary Attla, Phyllis Attla, Marilyn Van Hatten (Mike), Eliza Tiulana (Charles), George Attla III, Amanda Attla and Sheylynn Attla; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A gathering was held Monday at the David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the tribal hall. Immediately following the service, the family will bring him home to Huslia with a final service and burial on Feb 19.

On Feb. 8, George said the Sinner's Prayer and welcomed the Lord into his heart. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the many friends and family who offered their assistance during his illness and who came to visit, called, brought food and sent messages of love and support. Condolences for the family can be sent to Phyllis Attla, P.O. Box 104, Huslia, AK 99746. In lieu of flowers, donations can be deposited to an Alaska USA savings account No. 531583. 



Brent Sass Wins 2015 Yukon Quest

February 17, 2015 (Fairbanks, AK) –  Nine days, 12 hours and 49 minutes after the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race started in Whitehorse, it crowned a champion.
Brent Sass crossed the finish line in Fairbanks at 10:52pm AKST Monday, well ahead of second-place musher Allen Moore. It’s the first Yukon Quest victory for Sass, who came close in 2014 before suffering a head injury that ended his race just before the last checkpoint.

“It's unreal,” an emotional Sass said after arriving at the finish. “I'm real proud of those 12 dogs.”

Sass spoke in particular about lead dog Basin, saying he took him out of the lead position once and he was not happy, so he put Basin back where he belongs. Obviously it paid off.

Basin lead Sass and the rest of the team down the final 73 miles with a vengeance, pulling away from Moore after initially starting two minutes behind when they left Two Rivers.

What was the conversation when Sass passed Moore on the trail? It was easy-going according to Sass, who said Moore gave him a little smile in return. “This is fun, isn't it?!”

Sass takes home $24,061.92, which is 18.93% of a total $127,110 purse. He also claims four ounces of gold for being the first musher to arrive in Dawson City, then go on to finish the race. The gold is donated by the Fellars family in Dawson.

Moore arrived at the finish line over an hour after Sass, at 12:06am, thanking his 11 dogs individually before thanking the crowd gathered to see him in.
 
“They just didn't have it in them this year,” he said of his team. “I thought my team was going to be that team again.”
 
At one point in the race, Sass held a 10-hour lead over Moore before over-sleeping on the trail from Circle to Central. Moore caught up and eventually passed him, but Sass and his team were able to turn it up when it counted most.
 
“It works! Fall asleep on the trail for 10 hours and you can come in first!” Sass joked.
 
After thanking all of his Wild and Free Mushing supporters, Sass had a message for his fans.
 
“Thank you for believing.” For all the latest news and information on the Yukon Quest, visit www.yukonquest.com




Moore Overtakes Sass at Mile 101

February 16, 2015 (Circle City, AK) – Allen Moore has been patient since the start of this year’s Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race, executing his race plan and waiting for the opportunity to take the lead. That opportunity came Sunday evening, as Moore jumped ahead of race leader Brent Sass after a strong run over Eagle Summit. Sass, who at one point held a 10-hour lead, saw his lead dwindle to two hours when he overslept on the trail from Circle to Central. After both mushers rested in Central, Sass began the climb up Eagle Summit two hours ahead. He made good time, arriving at 8:15pm, but stopped for a break in Mile 101. He called the last run the hardest time he's ever had coming over Eagle Summit. Talking to the media in Mile 101, Sass said he was more worried about Moore when he was 10 hours back, as opposed to two hours. “I can’t really worry about Allen’s race anymore,” he said. “I need to worry about mine.” It wasn’t long after that Sass watched Moore arrive and blow through to take the lead. Stating that Eagle Summit was the best he's ever seen, Moore stopped only to snack the dogs, get into the drop bags, and find some dry clothes. Now, the race is on as both mushers hit the trail to Two Rivers. There they will serve their last mandatory layover, at eight hours. It’s 45 miles from Two Rivers to the finish line in Fairbanks.

Tedford Maintains Position in the Top Five Damon Tedford is currently the top rookie in this year’s Yukon Quest. He pulled into Circle in fifth place Sunday, arriving at 6:53pm with 12 dogs. Tedford said he's tired and looking forward to six hours of rest. He also talked about the need to put jackets back on his dogs during the last run. “What is with this weather, man?" he said to his handler while bedding down his dogs. “It was so nice in Slaven’s (Roadhouse).” Tedford is running more than 14 hours behind Ed Hopkins and Hugh Neff. Hopkins was closing in on Central as of midnight while Neff was approximately 15 miles behind him. The closest musher behind Tedford is Normand Casavant, who showed up in Circle over four hours later, at 11:20 pm. Casavant was in very good spirits as he arrived, laughing as he bedded down his team of nine dogs, and telling a race official that, “Everything is perfect!” The next musher into Circle is expected to be Torsten Kohnert, who was about 10 miles out, while Jason Campeau was nine miles behind him. Mike Ellis and Dave Dalton were also on their way to Circle from Slaven's Road House. Brian Wilmshurst and Nicolas Vanier are resting at the dog drop. Ryne Olson was on her way to Slaven's from the Trout Creek hospitality stop; about 18 miles out, while Lance Mackey and Kristin Knight Pace were also making their move to Slaven’s. Rob Cooke was just under 30 miles from Trout Creek, after leaving Eagle Sunday evening.


For all the latest news and information on the Yukon Quest, visit www.yukonquest.com

2015 Kobuk 440 Date Has Been Set

posted February 15, 2015 - The kobuk 440 race date has been set for April 2nd, 2015. Musher’s Early Sign-Up Deadline March 26th at 5:00 pm. Mushers Signed Up for 2015 K440 are James Volek, Jeff King and Kristin Bacon. For more information on the kobuk 440 visit their web site at http://kobuk440.com/

Cody Strathe from Ester, Alaska Scratches

February 14, 2015 (Eagle. AK) –  This afternoon, musher Cody Strathe (bib #4) from Ester, AK scratched from the race in Eagle. His decision was made for the well-being of his team. 

Quest Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom Scratches in Eagle

February 14, 2015 (Eagle. AK) –  This morning, musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom (bib #18) from Norway, scratched from the race in Eagle. His decision was made for the well-being of his team. 

Magnus Feren Kaltenborn pulls out of Quest

February 14, 2015 (Dawson City, YT) –  Yesterday evening, rookie musher Magnus Feren Kaltenborn (bib #23) from Carcross, Yukon, scratched from the race in Dawson City. His decision was made for the well-being of his team. 

Sass, Moore Arrive in Eagle

February 13, 2015 (Dawson City, YT) – Brent Sass was the first musher to make it to Eagle, pulling in at 3:10 pm Thursday with 13 dogs and a 30 mile lead over Allen Moore. In great spirits, Sass mentioned that he had another encounter with a moose. In broad daylight, the moose reared and nearly stomped on one of the lead dogs. Luckily, Sass said, the dogs spread out. He said the moose then galloped by two feet from the team. “I looked him right in the eye and he just went right on by.” Sass had a similar story last year on the Yukon Quest trail. After enjoying a bowl of homemade moose stew at the Eagle checkpoint, he headed off to Circle at 9:10 pm, with 12 dogs in front. Moore pulled into Eagle at 10:55 pm, with all 14 dogs on the line, looking great. He said the America Summit was “wonderful”. Compared it to 2011, he said, when the winds were high, this time around was a much better experience.

Moore and Sass were the only two to make it into Eagle Thursday, with Hugh Neff about 38 miles behind. Joar Leifseth Ulsom was closing distance on Neff, only about five miles back as of midnight. Ed Hopkins and Cody Strathe were on the trail from Forty Mile to Eagle, while Normand Casavant was just a few miles out of the hospitality stop. Damon Tedford, Torsten Kohnert, Mike Ellis and Brian Wilmshurst were all on their way to Forty Mile from Dawson. Dawson Greets Seven More Jason Campeau and Dave Dalton both made it into Dawson City early Thursday morning. They rolled in just eight minutes apart, Campeau in front at 2:55 am. Campeau said the hills were hard on the way in, but he kept the dogs to four or five miles per hour.

Lance Mackey was the 15th musher to arrive at the halfway point, hitting the chute at 4:18 am. After parking his team he asked if there's any coffee inside, and when told yes he walked inside, grabbed a cup and headed back to his sled. While Mackey admits to slowing down quite a bit the last run, Lance said his dogs, “Are just babies. They're doing amazing.”

Rookie Ryne Olson arrived four and a half hours later. Nicolas Vanier, Kristin Knight Pace and Rob Cooke also rolled into Dawson Thursday. Knight Pace was all smiles as her team of 14 dogs glided into the chute. She said she almost started crying when she came around the corner just before the checkpoint. “It was so overwhelming to see you all here.” “I can't believe I've done 500 miles of the Yukon Quest with all 14 dogs. That's like a serious dream.” Rob Cooke was a bit more subdued when he checked in. While his team of Siberians were wagging their tails, Cooke said the last stretch of trail had been tough and he'd made a couple of mistakes that set his team back. “The last couple of days have been like a nightmare, so I'm just glad it's over now and we can regroup.” Cooke said he and the team are glad to have a 24-hour rest ahead of them. “I'm always happy to be in Dawson!” The final musher to arrive in Dawson will be Magnus Feren Kaltenborn, who was still 35 miles outside of the checkpoint.

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Musher Ray Redington Jr. Scratches from the Quest

February 12, 2015 (Dawson City, YT) –  This morning, musher Ray Redington Jr. (bib #19) from Knik, Alaska, scratched from the race in Dawson City. 

Quest Musher, Rolland Trowbridge Request Assitance

February 11, 2015 (Dawson City, YT) –  This evening at 5:16 pm PST, the Yukon Quest received notification that Bib #13, Rolland Trowbridge requested assistance by activating his race-tracking device.

The organization coordinated with the Canadian Rangers and a team was sent to Trowbridge’s location to assess the situation. 

Upon reaching Trowbridge, about 45 miles out of Dawson City, they discovered that while both he and his team were healthy, they were unable to continue in the race. He and his team will be escorted into Dawson City.

 

I2015 Iditarod will Restart in Fairbanks

The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors unanimously voted to move the restart of the 2015 Iditarod to Fairbanks because of low snow conditions along the race route in southcentral Alaska.

King Scratches from the Quest

February 10, 2015 (Carmacks, YT) –  This afternoon, musher Jeff King (bib #9) from Denali Park, Alaska, scratched from the race in Pelly Crossing. King initially left Pelly and got as far as Stepping Stone, but made the decision to scratch there. After a lengthy rest, King cited concern with the amount of dog food needed to travel the distance to Dawson City at these extreme temperatures.
According to race rules, a musher must scratch at an official checkpoint, so King and his team headed back to Pelly to make it official. Pelly is the closest checkpoint to the road system.

Yukon Quest musher receives replacement sled with a penalty

February 10, 2015 (Dawson City, YT) – Bib #24, Jason Campeau damaged his sled on the trail just prior to Carmacks on Sunday, February 9th. A replacement sled was procured for him. The eight-hour time penalty associated with this incident will be served at the layover in Dawson City.

Matt Hall Withdraws from the Quest at Pelly Crossing

February 10, 2015 - Veterna musher Matt Hall announces he is withdrawing from the Yukon Quest Sled Dog race due to several dog injuries, although all were minor injuries, it was enough to drop several dogs, leaving him with only 8 dogs to continue on with. He decided for the good of the dogs, it was time to stop his 2015 race.


Michelle Phillips Wins the YQ300!

February 10, 2015- Michelle Phillips is first to arrive into Pelly Crossing to win the 2015 Yukon Quest 300!

Phillips Back as Champion of YQ300 

February 10, 2015 (Pelly Crossing, YT) – Michelle Phillips once again became the YQ300 champion Monday, arriving in Pelly Crossing at 11:25 pm to cheers from the crowd of volunteers.
 
Phillips, who won the YQ300 in 2013, didn't race last year on the Alaska side. She came back to run what turned out to be a very challenging trail in 2015, with jumble ice and extremely cold temperatures. Still, she was all smiles crossing the finish line, kissing her dogs and telling them how good of a job they did.
 
“You're winners!” she told them.
 
Phillips was running what she called her “B team”, since husband Ed Hopkins is using their veteran dog team in the 1,000 mile race. She said she had a good run from Stepping Stone, despite the cold weather. Her closest competitor in this year's race is the 2014 YQ300 champion, Aliy Zirkle, who was about 10 miles behind when Phillips arrived in Pelly.
 
For all the latest news and information on the Yukon Quest, visit www.yukonquest.com.

Quest Musher Matt Hall Makes the tough Choice to Scratch

February 9, 2015 (Pelly Crossing, YT) –  This afternoon, musher Matt Hall (bib #25) from Eagle, Alaska scratched from the race in Pelly Crossing. Hall departed from the checkpoint at 1:43pm with eight dogs and made the decision to turn around and scratch for the well-being of his team.

3rd Scratch from the Yukon Quest

February 9, 2015 (Carmacks, YT) –  This afternoon, musher Tony Angelo (bib #10) from Fairbanks, Alaska, scratched from the race in Carmacks. While Angelo initially left the checkpoint, he turned around and came back to make the decision.
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Rookie Scratches from Quest 1,000

February 9, 2015 (Carmacks, YT) –  This morning in Carmacks, rookie musher Tamra Reynolds (bib #6) from Annie Lake, Yukon, scratched from the 2015 Yukon Quest. Her decision was made for the well-being of her team.  



Veteran Quest Musher Scott Smith Scratches

February 9, 2015 (Carmacks, YT) – Early this morning, veteran musher Scott Smith (bib #15) from Willow, Alaska scratched from the race in Carmacks. His decision was made for the well-being of his team.

Yukon Quest 300 Musher Disqualified

February 9, 2015 (Carmacks, YT) – Yukon Quest 300 musher Marcelle Fressineau (bib #63) from Whitehorse, Yukon, has been disqualified for not complying with the requirement to have a mandatory vet check at the Braeburn checkpoint.

Neff in Front of Race to Pelly

February 9, 2015 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) –  Hugh Neff moved into the lead of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race Sunday, passing Brent Sass and Jeff King on the trail from Braeburn to Carmacks.

While it’s still very early, the front half of the pack is setting up a very exciting race. The top 10 mushers were all out of Carmacks, with Neff out front about 14 miles from Pelly as of 11:30 pm, and King 19 miles behind, resting in McCabe Creek. Sass was forging a quick path to McCabe and defending champion Allen Moore was resting behind him.
 
Joar Leifseth Ulsom continued to impress with a strong run on Day 2, maintaining his place in the top five, while Matt Hall and Ray Redington Jr. were about 30 miles off the pace.
 
It was an interesting leadup, after both King and Moore elected to take their mandatory six-hour layovers in Braeburn, watching several teams pass them. That included both Neff and Sass, who blew through Braeburn and served their layovers in Carmacks. Ulsom also did his mandatory at the second checkpoint.
 
But with King and Moore electing to rest again once they reached Carmacks, it was Neff who hit the trail to Pelly first. Prior to departing, Neff told the media he felt great and talked about how impressed he was with his dog team.
 
Asked about the optics of this year's race he said, "Until someone beats Allen, Allen is the one to beat."
 
King didn’t wait too long before beginning the chase, leaving Carmacks an hour and 20 minutes later, as dusk settled on the checkpoint. Ulsom was the third musher to leave Carmacks, followed by Moore seven minutes later. Sass was hot on Moore’s tail, as the two left one minute apart.
 
Matt Hall, Ray Redington Jr., and Ed Hopkins all left Carmacks within an hour of each other, while Rolland Trowbridge and Lance Mackey were travelling close together about 10 miles down the trail.
 
Scott Smith, who entered Carmacks in sixth place, was still resting there as of midnight. Nine more mushers made it into Carmacks while five remained on the trail from Braeburn: Damon Tedford, Tamra Reynolds, Magnus Feren Kaltenborn, Tony Angelo and Kristin Knight Pace.

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King Leads Mushers into Braeburn, Sass Leads Them Out

February 8, 2015 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) –  It was a chilly but exciting start to the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race Saturday, with 26 mushers leaving the Start Line in Whitehorse under a sunny sky and temperatures hovering near -35.
Despite the cold, hundreds of fans packed the chute to cheer on their favourite human and canine athletes. Defending champion Allen Moore was the first to hit the trail, followed by Brent Sass. Hugh Neff, who won the Yukon Quest in 2012, was the last musher to start this year’s journey.
 
Moore and Neff are two of four past champions in this year’s race, and it was another past champion, Jeff King, who led the pack into Braeburn. King arrived at 8:50 pm, well ahead of the next musher. He decided to stay and as of midnight had not left.
 
Moore was the second musher into Braeburn, at 10:58 pm, and he also made the decision to stay – although who knows for how long. Mushers this year have the option of taking a six-hour layover in either Braeburn or Carmacks, and they don’t have to declare it upon arrival.
 
As Moore pulled up, he was so bundled up to shield himself from the cold that he had a hard time hearing the checkers. He just wanted to know, “What time is it?”
 
Lance Mackey followed Moore into the checkpoint and he was super upbeat. Someone asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Awesome!” Mackey also chose to stay in Braeburn, for what he called “a visit”.
 
Next to hit Braeburn was Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who arrived at 11:31 pm, approximately 10 minutes after Mackey. Dave Dalton made his way in 15 minutes later, and Brent Sass was the first musher to blow through the checkpoint.
 
Sass told officials the trail has been “awesome,” adding, “the northern lights are amazing!” He asked Race Marshal Doug Grilliot who else had blown through, and was informed he was the only one so far.
 
Scott Smith and Ed Hopkins were the next mushers scheduled to hit Braeburn early Sunday morning.
 
A large group is travelling close together in the middle of the pack, including Cody Strathe, Hugh Neff, Torsten Kohnert, Nicolas Vanier, Normand Casavant, Ray Redington Jr., and Matt Hall.
 
Magnus Feren Kaltenborn was bringing up the back of the pack, around 40 miles from Braeburn.
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Listen to the Yukon Quest LIVE updates with KUAC and CKRW

Get ready for live reports from the start of the 2015 Yukon Quest! Tune into KUAC FM at 10 am right after NPR news, and 11 am as KUAC checks in with KUAC reporter Emily Schwing in Whitehorse. Then, stay tuned to KUAC for all the news throughout the race. Coverage details here: http://ow.ly/IE3Mr

Live broadcast from the start of the quest and along the trail - http://kuac.streamon.fm/
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Live start CKRW http://ckrw.streamon.fm/

Moore to Lead the Pack Out of the Chute

February 5, 2015 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) -Allen Moore was the second musher to draw his bib number at the Start Banquet, but he will be the first musher to hit the trail of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race.

Fitting really, for the two-time defending champion from Two Rivers, Alaska.

“My eyesight is not that good, but this says I'm number one!” exclaimed Moore, in front of a packed house at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Moore will be followed out of the chute by fellow Alaskan Brent Sass, who was thrilled to pull Bib #2. The two are of course quite familiar with each other, and spent much of last year’s race battling for top spot, before Sass went down to injury.

“I kind of let (my dogs) down last year,” said an emotional Sass. “But they're a strong team, the strongest I've ever had. We're ready to kick some butt!”

Veteran Lance Mackey will be running his eighth Yukon Quest, and he’s not adverse to a little friendly competition before the race gets going.

“Brent, you’ve got your hands full,” challenged Mackey, who pulled Bib #8.

The first musher to draw a bib was Whitehorse’s Rob Cooke, who’ll leave the start line wearing Bib #21. The final musher to draw was Ray Redington Jr. Redington, who is running his first Yukon Quest, thanked local musher Gerry Willomitzer for the hospitality, mentioning their training run on Lake Laberge this week. He’ll don Bib #19.

And Hugh Neff, who is running his 15th Yukon Quest this year, will be the last musher to leave the chute.

“I told all my friends from Germany that I really have a special connection with #26, so this feels good,” he joked.

Neff made a toast in memory of Yukon elder Alex Van Bibber, calling him “the spirit of the Yukon”.

The full list of mushers and their Bib numbers is as follows:
1. Allen Moore 2. Brent Sass 3. Normand Casavant 4. Cody Strathe 5. Nicolas Vanier 6. Tamra Reynolds 7. Damon Tedford 8. Lance Mackey 9. Jeff King 10. Tony Angelo 11. Dave Dalton 12. Kristin Knight Pace 13. Rolland Trowbridge 14. Torsten Kohnert 15. Scott Smith 16. Ryne  Olson 17. Brian Wilmshurst 18. Joar Ulsom 19. Ray Redington Jr. 20. Ed Hopkins 21. Rob Cooke 22. Mike Ellis 23. Magnus Kaltenborn 24. Jason Campeau 25. Matt Hall 26. Hugh Neff

The 32nd Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race starts February 7, 2015 in Whitehorse. For up-to-date information and news about the race, visit www.yukonquest.com.




The 36th annual K300 kicks offs

Don't forget to check out their website www.k300.org
for race updates!


Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race in 2015!






50 mushers are signed up to run the race. There are 12 mushers on the waiting list. The race course has been changed (as of December 19, 2014). See details

RACE EVENTS FOR THE PUBLIC

  • January 9, 2015 1 - 5 P.M. : Mushers Welcome at Prince William Sound Community College
  • January 10, 2015 10 A.M. Race Start 11 - 1:30 P.M. Crowley Chili Fest at Race Central, 3-8 P.M. Mushers arrive at Chistochina Checkpoint
  • January 11, 2015 4 A.M.-10 A.M.Mushers arriving at Meiers Lake Checkpoint 1-10 P.M.Most mushers arrive at Sourdough Checkpoint
  • January 12, 2015 Mushers passing through Lake Louise throughout day. Mushers start arriving Mendeltna Checkpoint around 2 a.m. arriving through day and into night. Finish line is at Old Paths Baptist Church, who will be hosting a potluck starting and noon and continuing until last musher comes in. Winners arrive at finish line after 12:30 P.M.  
  • Mushers coming in through night on January 13th. Mushers Generally depart checkpoints 1 - 8 hours after arriving.
  • January 13, 2015: Musher’s Dinner and Award Ceremony at Mendeltna Creek Lodge. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Award ceremony begins 7 p.m.

Minimum Purse established at $12,500 Actual Purse to be Announced at Musher’s Meeting January 9, 2015
For more information and race updates visit their web site at www.CB300.com


 

2014 Kusko Holiday Classic starts

The trail has been marked! The 2014 Holiday Classic will start at 11AM tomorrow (Saturday 12/27) at the mouth of the small boat harbo

Here is the trail description from head trail marker and Board President Myron Angstman: 





"The trail starts near the small boat harbor but does not follow the edge of the river, but instead follows the main trail further out on the river. K300 wooden stakes are placed the first mile, into Straight Slough. From there, pin flags lead to the left out of Straight Slough, up the main river on the left of the island, from there stay on the river to the Gweek. Very few markers on the Gweek, take the portage to Akiachak, stay on the river past the village, and keep to the right after the first bend above the village, following the south bank of the River to the Kuskokoak. Follow the middle of the Kuskokoak past the recovery area, all the way past Kwethluk (no portage). There are both pin flags and K300 stakes marking the main trail from Kwethluk back to the lower end of Church Slough. Take a right turn out of Church slough on a small Slough to the Kuskokwim, go directly across the main river to upper end of Straight Slough and rejoin the outbound trail in Straight Slough to the finish. 46-47 miles, good snow, as of Friday no water on the trail. Marked by Bill Eggimann and Myron Angstman. Next year’s trail will be marked by the first person who complains about this year’s trail." Visit the Kusko web site at http://www.k300.org/wordpress/


The Kusko 300 Race Start: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM Bogus Creek 150 Race Start: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM Akiak Dash Race Start: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Yukon Quest Offers Fans Chance to be Quest Guest

December 9, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT) –  Yukon Quest fans who’ve always wanted to ride in a dog sled will have the opportunity to join their favourite musher, at the start of the 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
Formerly known as the Starter Program, Quest Guest gives fans the chance to bid online for their favourite musher, with the winning bidder earning the unique experience.
 
“Quest Guest was created in response to the mushers’ desire to actively participate in raising funds to increase the race purse,” said Laurie Parris, Yukon Quest Executive Director – Yukon. “Net proceeds of this program will be added to the race purse and paid out to the mushers. It’s a really unique and fun way for our fans to interact directly with their favourite musher.”
 
Fans place bids through our online auction on the Yukon Quest website (yukonquest.hibid.com/catalog/51769/quest-guest-2015-online-auction?tab=0), which will be live until January 16th at 1pm (PST).
 
Included in the Quest Guest experience for 2015 are the following:

• Lunch with your musher on Thursday February 5th, 2015
• Special Access Pass to the staging area before the race start at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on February 7th, 2015
• Ride in a "tag sled" with your musher for the first ~1.5 miles of the race
• Race poster signed by your musher
• Photo with your musher
• Your name read by the announcer at the Start Line
 
Individual mushers may also choose to add additional unique items or experiences to their online auction at any time, so make sure to check back often and see what’s included in each mushers Quest Guest experience.
 
The 32nd Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race starts February 7, 2015 in Whitehorse. For up-to-date information and news about the race, visit www.yukonquest.com.
 
Media interested in attending or covering the 2015 Yukon Quest are invited to register for accreditation by visitingyukonquest.com/media/media-accreditation.


TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ADDED TO 20TH ANNIVERSARY PURSE!

by Lloyd Gilbertson
Jackson Wyoming, November 22, 2014
In his groundbreaking announcement today, International PEDIGREE® Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Executive Director Frank Teasley has added an additional $20,000 in purse money to celebrate IPSSSDR’s 20th Anniversary event. “This money is here for the twentieth anniversary only; you may not see it next year,” adds Mr. Teasley.

MUSHERS — THE NEW PURSE BREAKDOWN MEANS MORE MONEY FOR EACH OF YOU. Comply with the Pedigree® Musher Support Program rules and you will be eligible for an ADDITIONAL $80,000 in purse money when you sign up by December 15, 2014. Show up at the pre-race mushers meeting and YOU GET A $500 FUEL STIPEND CHECK JUST FOR GETTING TO THE STARTING LINE!

That’s the kind of “put your money where your mouth is” commitment you get when a great sponsor like Pedigree® and a seasoned Executive Race Director work together to make the “greatest stage stop sled dog race in the world,” says an exuberant Frank Teasley.

PLUS THE DEADLINE TO WIN A Danler XL RACING SLED is now extended to December 15, 2014 as an additional incentive. But you must be a registered 2015 IPSSSDR Competitor and you must be present at the final banquet to win. Our thanks to Streeper Kennels of Fort Nelson, BC Canada for their generous donation. For additional information email: secretary@wyomingstagestop.org

If you’ve ever thought about running this race or felt it would only be a once in a lifetime experience, this is the year to make that happen! Look for complete details of the new purse breakdown atwww.wyomingstagestop.org and don’t miss being a part of history.
See you in Jackson!



20th Anniversary IPSSSDR Official Documentary Film

IPSSSDR DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT IN MOTION WITH YOUR HELP.
Frank Teasley, International PEDIGREE® Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Executive Director, has green-lighted Robert Morrissey and his world-class video production crew to document IPSSSDR's 20th Anniversary Race in January 2015 — dramatic and breathtaking race footage blended with compelling interviews with the mushers focussing on their teams of people and their "four-legged athletes," as well as the behind-the-scenes story of the cities and countless volunteers at each stage who have made twenty years of IPSSSDR race history. But this will not happen without your help. 

We're so fortunate to have this opportunity to be filmed by these professionals and tell the IPSSSDR story which will promote the sport and the competitors while documenting this historic event. And every cent raised in the Cold Rush 20 project goes directly to making the documentary. 

Your contribution will make racing history by documenting it. 
For more detailed information about this project please visit:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20th-anniversary-ipsssdr-official-documentary-film 





Pre-Order Iditarod the First Ten Years





 
Iditarod®: The First Ten Years is a story that’s been waiting to be told for forty years! At last, the behind-the-scenes (and newsmaker) accounts have been compiled into a scrapbook of remembrances in word, art, and photography chronicled by hundreds of people. These were the volunteers, race officials, financial supporters, public relations folks, administrators, and mushers— those who experienced the first decade of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® themselves. The Old Iditarod Gang was there. This group of old friends is passionate about celebrating Alaska’s history and the Iditarod®, and worked side-by-side during the first decade of the Last Great Race®. Working together once more, they helped compile this book of memories . . . what turned out to be a book of thanks.

This highly collectible volume turns back the clock to those “flying by the seat of your pants” years, when the single goal was simply to finish the race. The stories and images are here, bound into a rare anthology that will bring hours of enjoyment. Jump on the runners—your journey is just beginning! You can be part of Iditarod® history, too. Please consider joining the Old Iditarod Gang in helping to fund this self-published book by pledging on our Kickstart er Page between October 7, 2014 and November 21, 2014. As a thank you, you will receive a copy of the book plus have the opportunity for many fabulous awards in conjunction with your purchase.

Go to http://www.iditarodfirsttenyears.com/order.html

Musher Jeanne A. Carlson Left the world that she loved (1967 - 2014)

Jeanne Ann Carlson, 46, left the world that she loved on July 9, 2014 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband, Colton Seale of Lovettsville, VA, her mother, Kathryn Carlson, of Skaneateles, NY and many other family members and friends. Jeanne grew up in Skaneateles, NY and graduated from Cornell University in 1989 and in 1996 completed a Masters in Resource Policy and Behavior at the University of Michigan. After obtaining her BA, Jeanne embarked a life filled with adventure, becoming a volunteer at Big Bend National Park. Jeanne was an accomplished freelance writer and graphic designer and she passed the first level Sommelier Exam and was a Certified Wine Professional from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, CA.

Jeanne found her true passion living in Chugiak, Alaska for 10 years with her husband, Colton, and 12 Alaskan husky sled dogs. Jeanne explored most of Alaska with dogs or for work and loved spending time at her cabin near Talkeetna, AK. Jeanne spent seven years as the secretary of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association and longer as an avid recreational dog musher and animal advocate.

Jeanne played a key role in developing recycling in Anchorage and Alaska as a member of the Anchorage Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee, as Recycling Coordinator for Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, and as Program Director for Green Star, Inc.

Jeanne also spent 15 years as an analyst and Program Manager for SAIC. After leaving Alaska, among many other pursuits, Jeanne served as Secretary and Chairperson of the Lovettsville Cooperative Market, completed writing a book on her adventures in Alaska, and was in the process of opening a coffee house after studying coffee and obtaining her barista certification. Wherever Jeanne went she brought people together around her many passions and her love of life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to the Lovettsville Cooperative Market or the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association.




20 Mushers Sign Up for 2015 Yukon Quest on Opening Day

August 3, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) – Sign Up Day for the 2015 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race was a huge success, with 20 mushers confirming their intention to run. Whitehorse resident Rob Cooke was the first to hand in his paperwork, followed by two-time champion Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska.
“I have a great deal of faith in the organization and so as both a musher and board member who loves this race, I wanted to be a part of the 2015 race from the start, and that meant being there early on sign up day,” said Cooke. “There was a lot of very positive energy around sign up day and it will be good for us all – sponsors, staff, board, volunteers, mushers and everyone else who puts so much into this fantastic race – to carry that forward into the 2015 race.
 
“This is going to be a very exciting Yukon Quest.”
 
Haliburton, Ontario’s Hank DeBruin was the 20th musher to throw his hat in the ring. DeBruin finished 8th in the 2014 Yukon Quest. Nine rookies put their names forward for the 2015 race.
 
The full list of mushers signed up as of Saturday afternoon is as follows:
 
1. Rob Cooke (Whitehorse, YT) 2. Allen Moore (Two Rivers, AK) 3. Mike Ellis (Fairbanks, AK) 4. Tony Angelo (Fairbanks, AK) 5. Ryne Olson (Two Rivers, AK) 6. Normand Casavant (Whitehorse, YT) 7. Tamra Reynolds (Mount Lorne, YT) 8. Magnus Feren Kalteneors (Whitehorse, YT) 9. Brian Wilmshurst (Dawson City, YT) 10. Kristin Knight Pace (Denail Park, AK) 11. Brent Sass (Eureka, AK) 12. Alex Buetow (Fairbanks, AK) 13. Olaf Thurau (Whitehorse, YT) 14. Ed Hopkins (Whitehorse, YT) 15. Cody Strathe (Ester, AK) 16. Torsten Kohnert (Slussfors, Sweden) 17. Matt Hall (Eagle, AK) 18. Jason Campeau (Rocky Mountain House, AB) 19. Jimmy Lebling (Fairbanks, AK) 20. Hank DeBruin (Haliburton, ON)
 
Meanwhile, 22 mushers signed up for the 2015 YQ300 on opening day, including defending champion Aliy Zirkle. Here’s the full list of mushers as of Saturday afternoon:
 
1. Gidget Hagan 2. Gaetan Pierrard 3. Lucy Tyrrell 4. Debbie Moderow 5. Claudia Wickert 6. Melissa Schenke 7. Alexandra Rochat 8. Alex Serdjukou 9. Susie Rogan 10. Jacob Heigers 11. Aliy Zirkle 12. Peter Reuter 13. Simi Morison 14. Luc Tweddell  15. Dave King 16. Michelle Phillips 17. Jim Bruton 18. Martine Le Levier 19. Timosey Gynuntegin  20. Paul Hamlyn 21. Gerry Willomitzer 22. Tom Schonberger
 
The 2015 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 7th in Whitehorse. For the latest news and information, visitwww.yukonquest.com



Yukon Quest Announces Purse, Head Officials for 2015 Race

July 30, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) – Mushers in the 2015 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will be competing for a purse of more than $127,000.

The Boards of Directors committed to a guaranteed purse of $115,000, plus the remaining $12,110 from the 2014 race, creating a total purse award of $127,110. That money was not paid out due to less than 15 finishers.
 
The purse announcement comes before the official 2015 race sign-up day, scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd. A total of $102,890 was awarded in the 2014 Yukon Quest.
 
Meanwhile, mushers will also enjoy stability on the trail with the return of Race Marshal Doug Grilliot. This is the third-straight year Grilliot will head up the team of officials. A resident of Willow, Alaska, he also held the position in 2008 and 2009.
 
Grilliot is a veteran musher of the 2001 and 2002 Yukon Quest races, and an Iditarod finisher. Dr. Cristina (Nina) Hansen will join Grilliot on the trail as Head Veterinarian, and Alex Olesen will take on the role of Race Manager for the third year in a row.
 
“I am very much looking forward to the 2015 Yukon Quest and the opportunity to once again work with the mushers, volunteers, and staff,” said Grilliot. “With the addition of Dr. Nina Hansen as Head Veterinarian, and with Alex Olesen returning as Race Manager, I am confident that the organization will be very well prepared for the race. Good luck to all of the mushers as they begin their fall preparations.”
 
Olesen was also Race Manager in 2014, 2013 and 2007, and has been an Assistant Race Manager for both the Yukon and Alaska.
 
Dr. Hansen was the Assistant Head Veterinarian to Dr. Kathleen McGill for the past two years, and a trail vet for three years prior to that. This December, she plans to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she has been developing new methods to survey for disease in wildlife. Dr. Hansen plans to return to the Yukon Quest for as many years as the race will have her.
 
“I am thrilled to be coming on board as the head veterinarian for the 2015 Yukon Quest,” said Dr. Hansen. “I have worked with most of the vet team, the Race Marshal and Race Manager over the last five years, so it should be a smooth transition and a fabulous team for the upcoming race.”
 
Dr. McGill will remain on the trail as a member of the vet team, and will also sit on the Yukon Quest Rules Committee.
 
Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1,000 mile race are available online or at either Yukon Quest office. Mushers can sign-up in person on August 2nd at the office in Fairbanks from 12-2 pm, or at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse from 1-3 pm.
 
In Fairbanks, sign-up day will be held in conjunction with a Volunteer Party at the Yukon Quest Store, while in Whitehorse, sign-up day will run alongside Yukon Quest Bark Fest at Shipyards Park. Bark Fest gets underway at10:30 am and runs until 4 pm.
 
The 2015 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 7th in Whitehorse. For the latest news and information, visitwww.yukonquest.com


2015 Yukon Quest will include changes to mandatory stops

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July 8, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) – Mushers in the 2015 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race may be changing their strategies due to new rules involving mandatory stops.

After receiving input from mushers, veterinarians, officials and staff, the Rules Committee reviewed the mandatory stops in the race and resolved to make some significant changes. The layover in Dawson City has been decreased from 36 hours to 24 hours. That rest time has been applied to other mandatory stops by increasing all previous four hour mandatories to six hours and adding another six hour floating mandatory in the last half of the race. Drivers will have their choice of location for this mandatory. The final eight hour stop still remains in Two Rivers.

The mandatory stops for the 2015 Yukon Quest are as follows:

  • 6-hour mandatory at either Braeburn or Carmacks (driver’s choice)
  • 24-hour mandatory at Dawson City
  • 6-hour mandatory at Eagle
  • 6-hour mandatory at either Circle City, Central or Mile 101 (driver’s choice)
  • 8-hour mandatory at Two Rivers

“We wanted to distribute the rest more evenly along the race course to promote more rested teams. The Quest is an ever evolving race that is always trying new things to promote better dog care,” said Bruce Lee, Vice-Chair of the Yukon Quest International Rules Committee.

The new rules will be beneficial for mushers and canine athletes.

“The new changes to the race rules allow the Yukon Quest to continue to keep dog care at the forefront of its missions,” said Kathleen McGill, DVM, member of YQI Rules Committee. “Pre-race veterinary exams, on-the-trail veterinary care, and the musher’s knowledgeable care of the dog team, are three very important parts of the Quest’s goal for excellent dog care. The Yukon Quest Rules Committee considers input from judges, veterinarians, staff and mushers to maintain that high standard of care.”

The 2015 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 7th in Whitehorse. For the latest news and information, visit www.yukonquest.com




2015 Iditarod Mushers 1st day brings 60 to Sign up

Here is the line up: 1) Ben Harper, Wasilla (R) 2) Dallas Seavey, Willow 3) Kristy Berington, Kasilof 4) Gwenn Bogart, Wasilla (R) 5) Pete Kaiser, Bethel 6) Lance Mackey, Fox 7) Lisbet Skogen Norris, Willow 8) Ellen Halverson, Wasilla 9) Richie Diehl, Aniak 10) Mitch Seavey, Seward 11) Rick Casillo, Palmer 12) Seth Barnes, Nenana (R) 13) Matt Failor, Willow 14) Travis Beals, Seward 15) Curt Perano, Willow 16) Mats Peterson, Sweden 17) Charley Bejna, Wasilla 18) Philip Walters, Eagle River (R) 19) Justin Savidis, Willow 20) Hugh Neff, Tok 21) Cindy Abbott, Irvine, California (R) 22) Jaimee High, Willow 23) Jan Steves, Edmonds, Washington 24) Scott Janssen, Anchorage 25) Alan Eischens, Wasilla (R) 26) Allen Moore, Two Rivers 27) Monica Zappa, Kasilof 28) Sarah Stokey, Seward (R) 29) Paul Gebhart, Kasilof 30) Marcelle Fressineau, Whitehorse, Yukon 31) Becca Moore, Willow (R) 32) Nathan Schroeder, Chisholm, Minnesota 33) Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Rana Norway 34) Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers 35) Michelle Phillips, Whitehorse Yukon 36) Anna Berington, Wasilla 37) Thomas Wærner, Norway (R) 38) Paige Drobny, Fairbanks 39) Kelly Maixner, Big Lake 40) Isabelle Travadon, France (R) 41) Laura Allaway, Fairbanks (R) 42) Ken Anderson, Fairbanks 43) Lachlan Clarke, Buena Vista, Colorado 44) Nicholis Petit, Girdwood 45) Rohn Buser, Big Lake 46) Ray Redington Jr., Knik 47) Jim Lanier, Chugiak 48) Lev Shvarts, Willow (R) 49) Mark Sellend, Anchorage (R) 50) Yvonne Dabakk, Fairbanks 51) Gerald Sousa, Talkeetna 52) Karin Hendrickson, Wasilla 53) Brian Wilmshurst, Dawson City, Yukon (R) 54) Rob Cooke, Whitehorse, Yukon (R) 55) Martin Buser, Big Lake 56) Jodi Bailey, Fairbanks 57) DeeDee Jonrowe, Willow 58) Jeff King, Denali Park 59) Linwood Fiedler, Willow 60) Jessie Royer, Darby, Montana



"Chasing Dogs" by Jeff Schultz

Chasing Dogs by Jeff Schultz
A huge thank you to Jeff Schultz for a incredible look into the last great race, the Iditarod sled dog race. Your new book "Chasing Dogs" is all and more than we could have expected.

Jeff Schultz is an amazing photographer. His book "Chasing Dogs" is full of spectacular photos, capturing years of moments along the Iditarod trail . "Chasing Dogs" tells the story of hardships and glory in the mushing world. The drive that it takes to run such an incrediably tough race.

If you haven't ordered your copy yet here's a link to grab one...http://iditarodphotos.com/chasingdogs.html

Celebration of Life for Joe Delia

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Joe Delia left us this past Thursday...he's moved on up the trail to higher ground. He has left his mark on so many of us with his great big heart, his generosity and wit.  Norma would like to invite all of you to get together and "talk story."

We will be celebrating the life of our old friend, Joe Delia at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla on Sunday, May 18 at 1:30 PM.  Norma says that would make Joe smile.

Stan will be grilling up fish and burgers. If you would like to bring a side dish, salad or dessert that would be great but most important is to bring your memories and a story of Joe.

Please help spread the word and let everyone know.




North American race today & this weekend


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NEW SPRING RACE!!! If anyone has questions, email Greg Parvin at gparvin@gparvinlaw.com, message Greg on Facebook or call his cell at 360 6010. Please share and spread the word. Flat, scenic, groomed trails. What better way to spend a weekend in March.

Newly set record fastest elapsed time finish of the Iditarod Trail Race

1st Place - Dallas Seavey - 8 days, 13 hours, 04 minutes and 19 seconds
    Winning the Iditarod two Times and now designated a "Grand Champion"

2nd Place - Aily Zirkle - 8 days, 13 hours, 06 minutes and 41 seconds
    Winning her third consecutive 2nd place finish of the Iditarod





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2014 Iditarod Ceremonial Start


Robert Sørlie, 56, was born and raised in Norway
Posted 03/01/14 - One by one mushers went through vet checks, bootied up dogs paws, hooked their teams and loaded up their Idita-riders into their sleds to parade through downtown Anchorage for the start of the 42nd Iditarod.The smell of reindeer hot dogs filled the streets.

It was a blue bird day, with temperatures soaring to 34 degrees. No one seemed to mind, crowds cheered and gathered to send off the sitxy nine Iditarod mushers as they accept the challenge to run across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome.



Safe trails and gods speed to them all.

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Iditarod Mushes into Mobile – Launches Iditarod App Wasilla, Alaska -

Wasilla, Alaska - (Friday February 28, 2014) - Fans of The Last Great Race can now follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from their mobile devices. In partnership with race sponsor Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the newly developed app is available for Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets. The all-new mobile application is designed to provide Iditarod race fans with anytime, anywhere access to Iditarod content.

The app delivers a mix of race news, reports from the trail, and race standings. In addition the app features the all new Iditarod Live broadcast channel, events including the Live Ceremonial Start from Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, and live chats.

“The Iditarod Trail Committee is bringing the latest mobile technology and a real-time content delivery platform to Iditarod Race fans, offering an unprecedented mobile experience in 2014,” said Stan Hooley, Executive Director of the Iditarod Trail Committee. “As mobile device usage continues to grow here in Alaska and worldwide, we are proud to provide even greater access to Iditarod content.” “We are proud to support this Alaskan tradition as a Lead Dog Sponsor of the Iditarod,” said Jason Metrokin, President and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. “BBNC is excited to support the development of the Official Iditarod App.

We hope Iditarod followers across Alaska and the world will enjoy using the technology to stay up to date on the Last Great Race.” By the end of 2014, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2018 there will be more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices. (Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013–2018). Iditarod Insider is a paid subscription that includes Premium paid Video and GPS Tracking features. For its unpaid fans, Iditarod makes a portion of the video content available free of charge. The app will feature only the FREE video content.

The Iditarod Trail Committee works to promote and preserve the historic Iditarod Trail, most notably through the annual staging of a sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. The Iditarod covers over 1,049 miles of terrain, and the Sled Dog Race has been called the "Last Great Race on Earth," winning worldwide acclaim and interest. Learn more about the Iditarod at www.iditarod.com. Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,400 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Learn more about BBNC at www.bbnc.net.

2014 Iditarod Line Up

Bib # Musher Name Sex City State Country Status
2 Curt Perano M Central Otago NEW ZEALAND Veteran
3 Paige Drobny F Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
4 Gus Guenther M Clam Gulch AK USA Veteran
5 Dan Kaduce M Chatanika AK USA Veteran
6 Mitch Seavey M Seward AK USA Veteran
7 Michael Williams, Jr. M Akiak AK USA Veteran
8 Yvonne Dabakk F Oslo NORWAY Rookie
9 Newton Marshall M St. Anne JAMAICA Veteran
10 Aliy Zirkle F Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
11 Richie Diehl M Aniak AK USA Veteran
12 Tommy Jordbrudal M Longyearbyen NORWAY Rookie
13 Kelly Maixner M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
14 Dallas Seavey M Willow AK USA Veteran
15 Michelle Phillips F Tagish YT CANADA Veteran
16 DeeDee Jonrowe F Willow AK USA Veteran
17 Jeff King M Denali AK USA Veteran
18 Monica Zappa F Kasilof AK USA Rookie
19 Allen Moore M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
20 Scott Janssen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
21 Christian Turner M Karratha WA AUSTRALIA Rookie
22 Robert Sorlie M Hurdal NORWAY Veteran
23 Aaron Burmeister M Nome AK USA Veteran
24 Ellen Halverson F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
25 Nathan Schroeder M Chisholm MN USA Rookie
26 Charley Bejna M Addison IL USA Rookie
27 Jessie Royer F Darby MT USA Veteran
28 Cim Smyth M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
29 Nicolas Petit M Girdwood AK USA Veteran
30 Rick Casillo M Willow AK USA Veteran
31 Lev Shvarts M Willow AK USA Rookie
32 Linwood Fiedler M Willow AK USA Veteran
33 Karin Hendrickson F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
34 Justin Savidis M Willow AK USA Veteran
35 Paul Gebhardt M Kasilof AK USA Veteran
36 Martin Buser M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
37 Jake Berkowitz M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
38 Jim Lanier M Chugiak AK USA Veteran
39 Jason Mackey M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
40 Jan Steves F Edmonds WA USA Veteran
41 Lisbet Norris F Willow AK USA Rookie
42 Cindy Gallea F Wykoff MN USA Veteran
43 Peter Kaiser M Bethel AK USA Veteran
44 Mats Pettersson M Kiruna SWEDEN Rookie
45 John Dixon M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
46 Cindy Abbott F Irvine CA USA Rookie
47 Joar Leifseth Ulsom M Mo i Rana NORWAY Veteran
48 Travis Beals M Seward AK USA Veteran
49 Ramey Smyth M Willow AK USA Veteran
50 Marcelle Fressineau F Whitehorse YT CANADA Rookie
51 Ray Redington Jr M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
52 Anna Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
53 John Baker M Kotzebue AK USA Veteran
54 Ralph Johannessen M Dagali NORWAY Rookie
55 Elliot Anderson M Big Lake AK USA Rookie
56 Kristy Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
57 Matt Failor M Willow AK USA Veteran
58 Hans Gatt M Whitehorse YT CANADA Veteran
59 Karen Ramstead F Perryvale AB CANADA Veteran
60 Alex Buetow M Fairbanks AK USA Rookie
61 Hugh Neff M Tok AK USA Veteran
62 Danny Seavey M Seward AK Veteran
63 Katherine Keith F Kotzebue AK USA Rookie
64 Robert Bundtzen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
65 Ken Anderson M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
66 Mike Ellis M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
67 Wade Marrs M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
68 Mike Santos M Cantwell AK USA Veteran
69 Abbie West F Two Rivers AK USA Rookie
70 Sonny Lindner M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran



It's Rondy Time

ThE Fur Rondy sled dog races start Friday and go thru Sunday. Listen LIVE to KFQD 750 am sports radio in anchorage starts 1130 Alaska time.

Here is this years line up - 1
Greg Taylor Fairbanks, AK 2 John I. Hanson Jr New Stuyahok, Ak 3 Ken Chezik Fife Lake Michigan 4 Donald Gordon Cousins Crooked Creek, Alberta 5 Marvin Kokrine North Pole 6 Jack Berry Homer 7 Arleigh James Reynolds Salcha, AK 8 Egil Ellis Willow 9 Jason Dunlap Salcha 10 John Erhart Tanana Alaska 11 Bill Kornmuller willow ak 12 James S Wheeler Clam Gulch, AK 13 kevin cook preeceville sk canada 14 Dave Turner (R) Sandy, OR 15 LanceMackey (R) Fairbanks, Alaska

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It's Official - the 2014 Iditarod Re-Start will stay in Willow

The Restart of Iditarod XLII will take place in Willow on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. Ititarod race officials stated "While we will be the first to point out that various sections of the trail as they exist today are in some cases in poor condition, we are confident that we have access to the right resources (equipment and manpower) to provide for a trail which will be as safe as practical, given the nature of this race."


Chasing Dogs - by Jeff Schultz

As many of you know, Jeff Schultz been the official photographer of the Iditarod sled dog race for a LONG time. Over 30 years now.  EEEKS !!!  For many years he has wanted to do his own book about the race from his perspective and his role and adventures traveling the trail. He says "So I figured now is the time. While I thought a good title would have been “Shooting Dogs”, others thought different so the title is “Chasing Dogs--- My adventure as the official photographer of Alaska’s Iditarod.”   

There’s the story of how he met Joe Sr. and he got Jeff involved with the race. There’s a chapter with tons of photos that covers the trail from Anchorage to Nome.   The books tells about the "back story" to what it took to get some of the better photos and there's the story about Jeff's 1992 plane crash and rescue.  It's 168 pages and over 300 photos. jeff has been working on this book for the last 6 months.  It's a self-published book.  What a HUGE project this has been. 

The book is nearly complete, like 98%.  It is set to go to the printer just after this year's race and be ready for stores by Mid-May.  Jeff is now looking to fund the project using the crowd-source funding website:  Kickstarter.com.  You'll find the "Chasing Dogs" book project ready to review and help support it too if you feel the urge.  There are some nice dog mushing rewards available for backers of the project. 

No pressure if you can't help back the project.  He simply appreciates you taking a look the link belowand sharing to your family and friends who like dogs, dog mushing or Alaskan adventure.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1990427755/chasing-dogs-adventures-as-official-photographer-o  
 


Moore Wins Second Consecutive Yukon Quest 

February 10, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT) –  Meet Allen Moore, two-time Yukon Quest champion. That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
After more than 900 miles, Moore was the first musher to cross the finish line at Takhini Hot Springs, at 3:11 am this morning. He was greeted by applause and whistles from the crowd, as he broke his own record with a total trail time of eight days, 14 hours and 21 minutes.
 
That record will come with an asterix, since this year’s race was 80 miles shorter than usual due to the removal of American Summit and the final leg to Whitehorse from the trail. Last year, Moore?s finishing time was eight days, 19 hours and 39 minutes, when the trail was 50 miles shorter due to the removal of American Summit.
 
Still, it’s a fast run for the veteran musher – one that will bring him first-place prize money and confirm his place amongst the Yukon Quest’s best competitors.
 
“I guess we’re doing a few things right anyway,” Moore said with a laugh at the finish line. “But mainly we have some good dogs right now, and they’re hard to come by, just like a basketball or football team. Once you get that, you have a pretty good team for a few years.”
 
This year’s team is once again led by Quito, who won the Golden Harness Award as Moore’s top dog after his victory in 2013.
 
“She’s always been in the lead and she’s just the best dog a person could have,” he said. “I’d say what, the last four years, she’s run back to back Quests and Iditarods…I’m gettin’ choked up…in lead and I wish we had a lot more like her.”
 
Will we see Quito for another Yukon Quest?
 
“I would hope so. Until she tells us she doesn’t want to do it anymore…and she hasn’t said that yet.”
 
While Moore was happy with the victory, he couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that it wasn’t the race everyone had thought would happen on the final leg. After Brent Sass was injured Sunday in a fall off his sled, he was withdrawn from the race and Moore was all alone in front.
 
He got emotional when talking about the absence of Sass.
 
“We would have been neck ‘n neck all the way here. We would have probably both slid around that corner out there. He said, next year.”
 
Asked to pick a particular moment in this year’s race that stood out, Moore replied, “I enjoy now. I’ll enjoy it more when I’m in the hot springs.”
 
The last musher to win a Yukon Quest that finished at the Takhini Hot Springs was Moore?s wife, Aliy Zirkle. Zirkle also won the YQ300 last week, marking the first time a husband and wife won both the long and mid-distance races in the same year.
 
Yukon Quest 'The Real Deal'
 
Hugh Neff has seen his fair share of crazy finishes in the Yukon Quest. Take 2012 for example, when he was involved in a sprint to the finish with two-time champion, Allen Moore. That year, it was Neff who came out on top, by just 26 seconds.
 
This year, things were a little different. With no one in his rearview and Moore already well across the finish line, Neff arrived at Takhini Hotsprings in second place Monday, with a relaxed smile on his face.
 
“Another Quest in the bucket,” he said, telling the crowd he was staring at the beautiful sundog on his ride and figured it would take him all the way to the finish line.
 
Neff was at Takhini Hotsprings 14 years ago on his rookie run, so to him, it had come full circle. The MC at the finish line, musher Gerry Willomitzer, asked Neff how many more Yukon Quests he thinks he’ll do.
 
“I'm thinking 25,” he laughs, adding, “The Quest is what it's all about. To me it's the real deal!”
 
Hall Keeps Hold on Third Place
 
While the first two finishers are across the line, the race is far from over. Not only are their 11 more spots up for grabs, but there are still good stories to tell, and one of those is rookie Matt Hall.
 
Hall, who used to watch the race every year and volunteer while growing up in Eagle, Alaska, is impressing many with his third-place performance in his first Yukon Quest.
 
While he has been running consistently since the start, Hall really made his move after Dawson City, catching up to Cody Strathe and pulling well ahead Monday evening.
 
He arrived in Braeburn at 8:34 after a strong run from Carmacks, with nine very happy dogs. Hall will take his final mandatory layover before starting the last leg to the finish line Tuesday morning.
 
Strathe left Carmacks at 1:25 pm with eight dogs and was camped 27 miles from Braeburn at the end of the night.
 
John Schandelmeier and Ken Anderson were locked in a battle for fifth place. Anderson made up time on Schandelmeier between Pelly and Carmacks, and the two of them left Carmacks less than an hour apart. Will it remain a close race right to the finish, or will one of them manage to pull away?
 
Elsewhere, Torsten Kohnert arrived in Carmacks at 9:42 pm, parking his team for a rest and a hot meal. Curt Perano was resting at McCabe Creek after blowing through Carmacks with a happy, yipping team eager to get back out on the trail.
 
Dave Dalton, currently in ninth place, was resting at the Pelly Crossing checkpoint.
 
Jerry Joinson was leading the back of the pack, heading into Stepping Stone. Hank DeBruin continued his impressive move up the standings, passing both Mandy Nauman and Brian Wilmshurst for 11th spot.
 
However, the distance between Hank and Mandy was just one mile, while Brian was only four miles back. With lots of trail left to travel, it’s really anybody’s guess as to who will end up with this year’s Red Lantern.
 

SP Kennel Allen Moore takes 2nd Quest

Musher Allen Moore of Two Rivers won his second consecutive Yukon Quest early Monday after his closest competitor, Brent Sass, was forced to drop out after an injury on the trail Sunday.


For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com

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Moore in Solo Race to the Finish 

February 9, 2014 (Braeburn, YT) –  It won’t be the close finish many Yukon Quest fans had hoped for. After days of going neck ‘n neck for the title, Allen Moore won’t be racing against Brent Sass on the final stretch.

While travelling the trail between Carmacks and Braeburn early Sunday morning, Sass was injured in a fall and was assisted off the trail by the Canadian Rangers. He was transported to Whitehorse for further evaluation, and Race Judge Scott Smith drove his dog team into Braeburn.
 
Fellow Musher Hugh Neff also assisted with Brent’s team, telling the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he arrived upon the team waiting with a Canadian Ranger. He proceeded to feed and water them, making sure everything was OK. Once Smith arrived, Neff helped him lead the team into Braeburn.
 
He told the paper that Sass – a three-time winner of the Yukon Quest Sportsmanship Award – is the one who’s always doing the saving, and he was just glad he was there to be able to help him out this time.
 
Moore, who was ahead of Sass at the time of the accident, arrived in Braeburn at 6:40 am, so had been there for several hours when Sass and his team were brought in. Moore was able to leave at 2:40 pm, but was clearly affected by the news of the accident.
 
He stayed an hour past his earliest departure time to show support for Sass and see him off to Whitehorse. As a true testament to how close this race has been, Moore said as he left, "it feels weird not to race out of here.”
 
Moore and his team of 11 dogs were expected to hit the finish line at Takhini Hot Springs early Mondaymorning. Neff arrived in Braeburn at 4:13 pm with eight dogs and was able to leave at 12:13 am Monday, which would likely mean an early afternoon finish.
 
Late Sunday night Wild and Free Mushing posted an update on their Facebook page, letting everyone know Brent is out of the hospital and doing good.
 
“Thanks to everyone who has expressed your concern and support for Team Wild & Free. Brent will surely have a story to tell, but for now his handler crew wanted to let you all know that Brent is doing good and resting in a Whitehorse hotel. The dog team is in excellent condition.
 
“We appreciate so deeply the work of the Yukon Quest Race Vets, Officials, Logistics Team, Canadian Rangers, Volunteers, Flight Paramedics, and everyone else who helped us out today. Folks at the checkpoint were extremely helpful and supportive and media members kindly gave us space to work swiftly to support our team. More to come and good luck to our friends on the trail!”
Third Place On the Line
 
The closest race now will likely be between Matt Hall and Cody Strathe, who were sitting third and fourth respectively when they left Pelly Monday afternoon.
 
Strathe had been ahead of Hall for the majority of the race, but Hall made up some ground on the stretch between Dawson and Pelly. The two rested at Stepping Stone together and entered Pelly just one minute apart.
 
Asked how he was doing upon arrival, a frosty Hall replied, “Cold.” Both he and Strathe parked their teams for a lengthy break before heading to McCabe Creek. Hall left at 2:28 pm while Strathe followed half an hour later.
 
Hall, who has nine dogs left on his team, gained an even bigger lead as Strathe chose to rest at McCabe in the evening while he continued straight through. Hall was only eight miles out of Carmacks as of 11:30 pm, but will likely take his rest there – meaning Strathe may be able to catch up. Strathe is running with eight dogs.
 
Other mushers navigating the trail between Pelly and Carmacks included John Schandelmeier and Ken Anderson.
 
Schandelmeier arrived in Pelly about an hour after Strathe’s departure with 10 dogs and took a four-hour rest before leaving. He has a two-and-a-half hour lead on Ken Anderson, who snuck up on everyone in Pelly just before 11 pm.
 
Anderson gave his dogs a quick snack and then headed back out with 11 on his team – dropping one in Pelly.
 
Pelly the Destination for Remaining Seven
 
The remaining mushers were all en route to Pelly Sunday night. Torsten Kohnert left Stepping Stone after a few hours rest, while Curt Perano and Dave Dalton were making their way to Stepping Stone.
 
Jerry Joinson and Mandy Nauman were camped out at Scroggie Creek while Brian Wilmshurst was three miles out of Scroggie. The three of them had been travelling together for much of the race, but separated after Dawson City.
 
Hank DeBruin and his Siberians made up some time on Wilmshurst coming out of Dawson. Hank was just 11 miles back of Scroggie after starting the day eight hours behind.

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com



Breaking News! Yukon Quest musher Sass injured, out of race

February 9, 2014 (Braeburn, YT) – Early this morning while racing on the trail between Carmacks and Braeburn, Brent Sass sustained an injury in a fall and was assisted off the trail by the Canadian Rangers.

Brent is in stable condition and is being transported to Whitehorse for further evaluation. His team is doing fine and is currently being brought into Braeburn by an official.

No further information is available at this time.

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com



Moore and Sass Setting Up Incredible Finish 

February 8, 2014 (Carmacks, YT) –  Allen Moore and Brent Sass had fans riveted Saturday, as they continued their spectacular game of leapfrog down the trail from Pelly to Braeburn.

While Sass left Pelly first, Moore was the first one into Carmacks, where he stopped for a rest. When Sass rolled in about an hour later, he had one question.
 
“When did Allen leave?"
 
Upon finding out that he was still resting, Sass said he'd be blowing through the checkpoint. Asked how he was, he responded, "I'm tired, stupid and haven't slept in days.”
 
Grabbing supplies from his drop bags, fuel and straw, Sass and his team hit the trail again, headed for the last checkpoint – Braeburn Lodge.
 
Waking up from his rest a few hours later, Moore knew he needed to play catch-up. He sat down for a quick chat with our camera crew before taking off.
 
“It’s the first time I’ve slept since Dawson,” he said. “Maybe I’ll make a right decision this time. It’s amazing when you’re going on sled runners and you can’t stay awake. You’re just going to sleep and hitting trees…that’s what I was doing the last little bit.”
 
Moore said he came into the 2014 Yukon Quest with a set game plan, but the plan didn’t work 100 percent.
 
“Now looking back on everything…there was one time that I probably should not have stayed three hours at Trout Creek and he ran all the way through to Eagle.”
 
He explained having to modify his plan a few hundred miles ago, instead of doing it at this point of the race like he normally would. Moore gave props to Sass for setting the pace.
 
“He’s really good. He has a lot of dogs, a lot of good dogs. He’s thought this out. But sometimes, just thinking it out isn’t all it takes. Everything has to involved with those thoughts, and make them work. And he’s made them work.”
 
However, it didn’t take Moore long to catch up with Sass, who stopped for a rest outside of Carmacks. The two were running neck-n-neck towards Braeburn as of 11 pm, with no indication of either slowing down. It’s anybody’s game at this point, as everyone watches the tracker and waits to see who will make a move.
 
Hugh Neff, meanwhile, arrived in Carmacks at 7:58 pm in third place, three hours behind Moore. He seemed very relaxed as he pulled up, parking his team for a break.
 
Greeted by a couple of German fans, Neff remarked, “I think it's time for sausage and schnitzel!”
 
Ten Mushers Pelly-Bound
 
Currently in fourth place, Cody Strathe made it to Stepping Stone at approximately 10:20 pm Saturday, six miles ahead of Matt Hall.
 
Strathe parked his team of eight dogs and decided to remain at the hospitality stop for a while. Hall pulled in an hour later and also stopped for a snack.
 
John Schandelmeier was approximately 30 miles from Stepping Stone as of 11 pm. Other mushers between Dawson City and Pelly included Ken Anderson, Torsten Kohnert, Curt Perano and Dave Dalton.
 
Anderson was parked at Scroggie Creek while Kohnert was about eight miles out. Perano and Dalton were camped about a mile apart, halfway between Dawson and Scroggie.
 
Just starting out on the second half of their 1,000-mile journey were Jerry Joinson, Mandy Nauman, and Brian Wilmshurst. The three mushers, who had been travelling together since Circle, were set to leave Dawson at11:0211:07, and 11:15 pm respectively.
 
Tony Angelo Withdrawn
The last musher to leave Dawson will be Hank DeBruin. DeBruin takes over the Red Lantern position after Tony Angelo was withdrawn from the race Saturday morning. Angelo activated the emergency assistance button on his race tracking device and was escorted into Dawson City with his team.
 
DeBruin is able to leave Dawson at 6:54 am Sunday.
For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com

Quest musher request assistance

February 8, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) – This morning at 11:02 am PST, the Yukon Quest received notification that Bib #12, Tony Angelo requested assistance by activating the emergency assistance button on his race tracking device.

The organization coordinated with the Canadian Rangers and a team was immediately sent out to Angelo’s location to assess the situation.
 
Upon reaching Angelo, about 32 miles from Dawson City, they discovered that while both he and his team were healthy, they were unable to continue in the race. He will be escorted into Dawson City.
 
This action will result in Angelo being withdrawn from the Yukon Quest. For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com



2014 Iditarod Trail Committee Update:

Posted Feb 8, 2014 - RACE PLANNING UPDATE: The Ceremonial Start of Iditarod XLII will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 10:00 am as planned. At this time we are planning to stage the Restart in Willow on Sunday, March 2 beginning at 2:00 pm, also as planned. We do have trail concerns, particularly from the top of Rainy Pass to Nikolai. If conditions are not deemed acceptable by February 17, we will stage the Restart in Fairbanks on Monday, March 3, time yet to be determined.For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.iditarod.com




The Race Is On!  Yukon Quest 2014...

February 7, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) –  Allen Moore regained the lead out of Stepping Stone Friday afternoon, hitting the trail to Pelly while Brent Sass and Hugh Neff continued to rest.

With an approximate seven-mile lead on Sass, Moore arrived in Pelly at 10:15 pm and parked his team for a breather. Asked if he was counting the checkpoints until the finish, Moore replied, “Three more to go!”

Sass stopped in Pelly at 11:20 pm, but only to grab some supplies and head back out on the trail. As he went through his drop bags he mentioned "Superman Hugh”, sparking the question of whether he’s looking over his shoulder.

He said there comes a time when you just have to think about your own race, and that's what he’s doing now.

As of midnight, Neff was just less than nine miles out of Pelly. Will he stick around or will he blow through?

The Three Amigos
Loud cheers greeted Jerry Joinson, Mandy Nauman and Brian Wilmshurst as they arrived in Dawson CityFriday afternoon. The three of them had been travelling together for most of the journey from Circle. 

Joinson was first into the checkpoint at 11:02 am. Like Curt Perano and Dave Dalton before him, he was not a fan of the tough trail conditions on the stretch from Eagle.

"That's a long river. I've never seen so much glare ice. Slippery...overflows and everything else. I'm glad to be here."

Nauman came down the chute just a few minutes later and talked about the teamwork between the three of them.

“We spent about five hours last night breaking trail,” she said, adding that they talk about dogs and joke around to keep the mood light while travelling. “It's fun. I definitely couldn't have done that by myself last night." 

Dawson City musher Brian Wilmshurst pulled up in his hometown at 11:15 am. He said the three of them worked well together because they all have different strengths that they can utilize in tough situations. 

His dogs are more familiar with the trail, since they train in the area. And he’ll be sure to reward them for their hard work. First on the agenda during his 36-hour layover was getting the dogs set up at the campground and making sure they were well fed.

Next up, he said, was a stop at infamous Dawson bar "The Pit" for a beer. Although food and a shower sounded good too.

“I’m really looking forward to a steak, beer, and a shower – but not necessarily in that order. A shower is actually up there on the list, because that is very needed soon,” he chuckled.

Nauman was also looking forward to the well-deserved 36 hours of rest. "I'm ready for a nap, and I want to brush my teeth!"

Meanwhile, Hank DeBruin was the 14th musher to the halfway point, with his team of 11 Siberians. Hank said he was more than happy to be off the river. He asked his wife, Tanya, where Tony Angelo was, and she told him he was still on his way in.

"You mean I'm not last this year?!" joked the former Red Lantern winner.

Tony Angelo is currently this year’s Red Lantern musher. He remains camped out at 40-mile, and was expected to head for Dawson early Saturday.

Strathe, Schandelmeier and Hall Start Second Half

Cody Strathe was the fourth musher to leave Dawson City, making his way down the Yukon River towards Scroggie Creek at 7:55 am with nine dogs. 

Matt Hall was next at 12:01 pm, with a wave goodbye to his support crew. "See you in a couple hundred miles…that's a long way!" 

Rounding out the list of departing mushers Friday was John Schandelmeier, who gave his 10 rookie dogs a pep talk before departing the yard at 2:11 pm

Jerry Joinson’s Penalty Rescinded 
Jerry Joinson received an extra boost as he arrived in Dawson. Race Marshal Doug Grilliot made the decision to rescind his eight-hour penalty, which was assessed in Circle for use of a replacement sled.

In this situation, mushers have the option to repair the sled with no penalty, or to use the replacement sled with an eight-hour penalty. At the time, Joinson was unaware of the repair option.
 
Cody Strathe and Matt Hall, the fourth and fifth teams to arrive in Dawson, enjoyed their 36-hour layover. Strathe is set to leave at 7:55 am Friday and Hall can leave at 12:01 pm.

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com

 

Eight Hour Penalty Dropped

February 7, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) – Race Marshal Doug Grilliot has made the decision to rescind Bib #4, Jerry Joinson’s eight-hour penalty which was assessed in Circle for use of a replacement sled. In this situation, mushers have the option to repair the sled with no penalty, or to use the replacement sled with an eight-hour penalty. At the time, Joinson was unaware of the repair option. 

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com


Goodbye and Hello to Dawson 

February 6, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) – It was an action-packed day at the Dawson City checkpoint, as the leaders of the 2014 Yukon Quest finished their 36-hour mandatory layover, while the middle of the pack arrived at the halfway point to enjoy some down time – and perhaps a cold beer or two.


As the first musher to arrive in Dawson, Brent Sass was also the first one able to leave. At 11:02 am, Sass team hit the trail bound for Pelly Crossing with a two-hour and a half hour lead on second place musher Allen Moore. Hugh Neff was almost an hour and a half behind Moore, leaving at 2:55 pm.
 
“There’s a lot riding on this one, guys,” Brent told his lead dogs just before departure.
 
His dad Mark gave him a big hug and told him to be careful. His response? “Being careful isn't the problem dad, it's being fast!”
 
As of 11 pm Thursday, Brent was still moving just seven miles out of the Scroggie Creek, while Moore was camped 30 miles from the dog drop. Neff was trying to make up time on Moore, 38 miles from Scroggie and closing.
 
Thursday’s first arrival was John Schandelmeier, who pulled up at 2:11 am. John spoke about the fact he’s running a rookie team. He said they’re learning and he's learning even more than them out there. John will be eligible to leave Dawson at 2:11 pm Friday, in sixth place.
 
Ken Anderson is also running a young team this year. As they made their way into Dawson at 1:53 pm, Ken was all smiles, saying it was a very relaxing run. He said it's weird not being in "race mode", aka the top five, but he made a goal to use this year's Yukon Quest as a training run for his team.
 
Rookie Torsten Kohnert followed Ken in just over an hour later, ready for his 36-hour layover.
 
“I’m probably good with some food, a shower…and probably a beer.”
 
Mushers Work Together to Travel the Trail
 
Curt Perano and Dave Dalton were the last two mushers to arrive in Dawson Thursday, and after a tough 50 miles of trail, both had stories to tell. Perano, a rookie, and Dalton, a veteran, worked together after losing their way on the trail.
 
“The trail was blown over and we actually lost the trail for a couple of miles,” said Perano. “We ended up snowshoeing across the river to find our way back.”
 
Dalton worked with several other mushers to get through the challenging spots between Eagle and Dawson, such as going around overflow and breaking trail.
 
“You have to work together to get through the rough spots,” he stated.
 
Four other mushers were on their way from Eagle to Dawson. Brian Wilmshurst, Jerry Joinson and Mandy Nauman were still travelling together down the trail, about 44 miles out.
 
Hank DeBruin was resting at 40-Mile, while current Red Lantern musher Tony Angelo continues to relax in Eagle.
 
Cody Strathe and Matt Hall, the fourth and fifth teams to arrive in Dawson, enjoyed their 36-hour layover. Strathe is set to leave at 7:55 am Friday and Hall can leave at 12:01 pm.


For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.



Dawson City a Welcome Sight for Strathe

February 5, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) – Cody Strathe was the fourth musher to make it into Dawson CityWednesday, and it was anything but an easy journey for the Ester, Alaska resident and his dog team.


“That river is mean,” said Strathe, as he pulled into the Dawson checkpoint at 6:55 pm. When asked to elaborate, he laughed, “That river is not nice. They’re throwing everything at us out there. Rough conditions, rough ice and open water, lots of wind… fun stuff.”
 
Like others who arrived before him, Strathe was very happy to have a 36-hour rest lying ahead.
 
“I’m ready for beer and pizza, and giving my dogs some massages because they deserve it.”
 
Just over four hours after Strathe arrived at the midway point of the race, rookie Matt Hall arrived in Dawson with a huge smile on his face and 10 happy dogs.
 
Contrary to what Strathe experienced, Hall said it was smooth sailing for him and his team from Eagle.
 
“What a nice run in that is,” he said upon arrival. “I’m having a great time.”
 
Hall said he was worried that he might have a hard time getting his team to leave their hometown of Eagle, but once he harnessed them up and got going they didn’t look back. Once they got close to Dawson, they ran even better.
 
“They saw the lights from a few miles back and just started running. They know what a checkpoint looks like!”
 
When asked if his dogs are looking forward to the 36-hour rest, he said he figures they think they're only going to get four, so they'll be excited when they find out they've got more rest in store.
 
“I’m going to go feed them a big meal. They’ve been eating like elephants the last few days.”
 
John Schandelmeier was the next musher expected into Dawson, early Thursday morning. He was expected in around 2 am PST.
 
While the Klondike city welcomed Strathe and Hall, Eagle was also busy Wednesday. Ken Anderson, Torsten Kohnert, Dave Dalton and Curt Perano all left Eagle in the afternoon on the 100-mile journey. Brian Wilmshurst, Mandy Nauman and Jerry Joinson arrived in Eagle between 8:00 and 8:30 pm.
 
Meanwhile, Hank DeBruin and Tony Angelo both left Slaven’s Roadhouse bound for Eagle. After a rest at Trout Creek Hospitality Stop, DeBruin was just a few miles out of Eagle by end of day. Angelo returned to Trout Creek after heading out behind DeBruin earlier, and remained there.

The lead pack of Brent Sass, Allen Moore and Hugh Neff began their mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson. Sass can leave at 11:02 am Thursday, while Moore can hit the trail at 1:30 pm, and Neff will be good to go at2:59 pm.



2014 ExxonMobil Limited and Open Race

Anchorage, Alaska - On Saturday, February 8, teams will leave the start line of the ExxonMobil. This 40th running of the ExxonMobil is celebrated with a $40,000 total purse! There will have radio coverage at the race and a collection of events that should entice public interest! The ExxonMobil employee race will be on Sunday between the limited and open classes.

Click here for more information

Sass Stakes His Claim on Dawson City

February 4, 2014 (Dawson City, YT) – Brent Sass took the lead as he left Eagle early Tuesday morning, and he maintained it over the next 100 miles of Yukon Quest trail, arriving in Dawson City at around 11:00 pm PST.

Speaking to the crowd that had gathered to welcome him in, Sass admitted, “I am a little out of it!” He said it had been a long day…or a couple days, making two 100-mile runs in a row. Asked if he had been looking back at all during the run, he laughed that his neck was sore from looking over this shoulder for Allen Moore so many times. “I figured he’d have his headlamp off and sneak up on me!”

After confirming that he was, in fact, the first musher into Dawson, Sass said he’s super excited and that his team really deserves it.

As the first to arrive in Dawson, he will receive the four ounces of gold donated by Joe and Wendy Fellers from Fell-Hawk Placers. The Dawson Award is given to the first musher who arrives in Dawson who then goes on to complete the race.

Moore was approximately two hours behind Brent, expected time into Dawson 1:37am local time on Wednesday, while Hugh Neff was in third place, two hours back of Moore.

All mushers will server a mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson. Cody Strathe remained in Eagle as of late Tuesday night, while rookie Matt Hall and former champion John Schandelmeier also arrived in Eagle for their mandatory layover.

‘Historic Moment for Eagle’ Hall grew up in Eagle and returning to his hometown as a musher in the Yukon Quest was certainly a nice moment for both him and the large crowd of residents who gathered to cheer him on.

“This is a historic moment for Eagle,” said a family friend watching his arrival.

A bit shy with all of the attention, Hall said it felt very different to be on the other side of things, after many years as a volunteer for the race.

“This is actually the first year since I’m old enough to remember that I have no been a checker…right here, right now. It feels a little different, that’s for sure. Even last year, which was my first year being out of Eagle, me and a few other teams still mushed in to visit my folks during the Quest. Came in on the trail, stayed here, and still volunteered here, watched the teams come through.”

Of course his dog team also remembers Eagle quite fondly, but Hall says he didn’t have much of a problem bringing them in to the checkpoint.

“They’re cruising along. We just passed home and I said ‘gee’ once and they jumped away from home – even sped up, heading in towards town.”

Currently sitting in fifth place overall, Hall is the top rookie in this year’s race. If he can keep the pace up over the second half, he has a good shot at Rookie of the Year. Those in Eagle are confident he will be bringing that title home.

“I didn’t have too much of a plan coming into the Quest this year,” says Hall. “I was just going to do it run-to-run and see where we ended up. I’m really happy with where we’re at and how the dogs are looking, so I’d say everything’s way ahead of schedule.”

One big adjustment with running the race, he admitted, has been the sleep patterns.

“Well the longest rest I’ve had is two hours and ten minutes. When I first started I took a three-hour rest – four hours into the start date. I sort of freaked out at this and felt really behind, but now that I think about it I’m really glad I took that time then. So I’m doing alright!”

Hall arrived in Eagle at 8:23 pm AKST, and while he was eligible to leave at 12:23 am, planned to stat over the mandatory four hours. “The dogs are looking so good, I want to keep ‘em looking that way. I’m really happy with how they’re doing.”

Elsewhere on the trail… Dave Dalton continued to rest at Trout Creek Hospitality Stop and was joined late Tuesday by Torsten Kohnert. Curt Perano blew by Trout Creek on his way to Eagle.

Three mushers – Mandy Nauman, Brian Wilmshurst and Hank DeBruin – were travelling together towards Trout Creek from Slaven’s. Jerry Joinson also left Slaven’s, after picking up a two-hour time penalty for not providing adequate food for a dropped dog. The penalty will be served in Dawson City.

Tony Angelo, the last musher in the 1,000 mile race, was getting some well-deserved rest at Slaven’s.


For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.

Zirkle Finds Redemption in YQ300

February 3, 2014 (Central, AK) – After missing out on first place last year by just eight seconds, Aliy Zirkle won the 2014 YQ300 Monday. Even though a sprint to the finish wasn't necessary this time, Zirkle came blazing into Central at 7:32 pm, 11 dogs leading the way.

Chase Tingle, Zirkle’s closest competitor, was several miles back, but she wasn’t taking any chances. Tingle and Zirkle came into Circle close together and left the same way, but Tingle turned around to drop two dogs from his team and that cost him in the end. He came into Central at 9:07 pm. Heidi Sutter, who had the lead earlier in the 300, finished in third place. She arrived at 10:06 pm with 9 dogs. The remaining mushers had yet to arrive as of 11 pm. Seven other mushers are left in the YQ300 after Jesse Brattrud scratched early Monday. Sebastian Schnuelle, Laura Allaway, Jimmy Lebing, Amanda Gecas, Andrew Pace and Ryne Olson had all left Circle on their final leg.

The 10th musher, Simon McLoughlin, was on his way to Circle, 38 miles out. --- It was a busy day in the 1,000 mile race as well, with Fairbanks resident Mike Ellis scratching and another veteran musher, British Columbia’s Jerry Joinson, taking an eight-hour penalty. Ellis made the decision to scratch at 6:25 pm in the Circle checkpoint, for the well being of his dogs. Joinson was given the time penalty for use of a replacement sled after he damaged his original sled on the trail between Central and Circle. As per the rules, Race Marshal Doug Grilliot approved a replacement sled and decided Joinson’s eight-hour penalty time will be served in Dawson City on top of his mandatory 36 hours.

Brent Sass continued to lead the race on Day 3. As of 11 pm he was approximately 35 miles from Eagle, while Allen Moore and Hugh Neff were resting at Trout Creek Hospitality Stop about 40 miles out. Cody Strathe left Slaven’s Roadhouse at 7:40 pm en route to Eagle, while Dave Dalton, John Schandelmeier and Matt Hall were all resting at Slaven’s. In seventh place, Hall is currently the top rookie in this year’s Yukon Quest, as he heads toward his hometown of Eagle.

Ken Anderson, Curt Perano and Torsten Kohnert all checked out of Circle City late in the afternoon and were headed for Slaven’s. The back of the pack continues to rest in Circle, with Mandy Nauman, Jerry Joinson, Hank DeBruin and Brian Wilmshurst enjoying the warm hospitality at the fire hall. Tony Angelo, currently in the Red Lantern position, arrived in Circle at 9:36 pm and parked his dogs for a well-deserved break. With the elimination of 50 miles of trail between Eagle and Dawson City, the first musher is now expected in Dawson City around 6 am on February 5th.

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.

Alit Zirkle Wins YQ300

February 3, 2014 - After missing out on first place last year by just eight seconds, Aliy Zirkle has won the 2014 YQ300! Even though a sprint to the finish wasn't necessary this time, her team came blazing in!
 

Joinson takes penalty on Quest in exchange for new sled

February 3, 2014 (Circle, AK) – Bib #4, Jerry Joinson, irreparably damaged his sled on the trail between Central and Circle, Alaska. As per the rules stating that “on prior approval of the Race Marshal, a destroyed sled may be replaced by a comparable size and weight sled, with a time penalty of eight (8) hours served at the next designated mandatory stop”, Race Marshal Doug Grilliot has approved a replacement sled. Joinson’s eight hours penalty time will be served in Dawson City on top of his mandatory 36 hours for a total layover of 44 hours. For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.

Quest Musher Scratches

February 3, 2014 (Circle, AK) – Today at 6:25 pm Alaska time veteran musher Mike Ellis of Fairbanks, Alaska scratched from the race. His decision was for the well being of his dogs.

Dawson City

February 3, 2014 (Circle, AK) – With the elimination of 50 miles on the Yukon Quest trail between Eagle and Dawson City, the expected arrival of the first musher into Dawson is now 6:00 am on February 5. The original Race Approximation Schedule has been shifted 12 hours ahead for all points on the Yukon side. For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.
 

2014 Fur Rondy Line Up

Posted Feb 2nd 2014 - The Open World Championship starts February 21st-23rd in downtown Anchorage.The race will be 25 plus miles each day for a minimum purse of $55,000. 11 mushers have signed up for the 2014 Fur Rondy Sled dog race to date, among them is 4 time Iditarod and Yukon Quest Champion Lance Mackey, this will be a race to attend and remember. When we talked to Lance he said " It's a race I have always wanted to run, I don't expect to be in the top , I just want to have some fun on a sled."

Here's the full line up: Bill Kornmuller, Randy DeKuiper, Marvin Kokrine, Jack Berry. Paula Ciniero, Arleigh James Reynolds, Jason Dunlap, John I. Hanson Jr, Donald Gordon Cousins, James S, Wheeler, Lance Mackey, Blayne Streeper.


Britten First Scratch of 2014 Yukon Quest

February 2, 2014 (Central, AK) – Seventeen teams remain in the Yukon Quest, after Dawson City, Yukon resident Jean-Denis Britten scratched for personal reasons Sunday. Britten made it to Mile 101 with 12 dogs at 4:30 pm before deciding not to continue. Sixteen mushers and their dog teams had all checked into Central, with the last musher, Tony Angelo, on his way to Central late Sunday night. Allen Moore was in first place leaving Central Sunday morning, but camped along the trail, allowing Hugh Neff and Brent Sass to pass him. Neff was in the lead as of 9 pm, about 20 miles outside of Circle, but Sass was closing in at about 25 miles out. They’re expected into Circle early Monday morning. Both Moore and Cody Strathe, who stopped to camp between Central and Circle as well, were on the move again Sunday evening, in third and fourth place respectively. Six other mushers were Circle-bound – Dave Dalton, Ken Anderson, Curt Perano, Matt Hall, Normand Casavant and Mike Ellis. Torsten Kohnert, Hank DeBruin, Jerry Joinson, Brian Wilmshurst and Mandy Nauman remained in Central, although they were all expected to move on by the end of the night. Most mushers had little trouble on Eagle Summit, with Sass calling it the best conditions he’s ever seen on the pass. In fact, as much as weather made an impact prior to the start of the race, there’s been no talk of it playing a factor so far.

For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.

Start & Finish Lines Moved for 2014 Yukon Quest

January 28, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT & Fairbanks, AK) – The start of the 2014 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will be moved off of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks to 2nd Avenue.


The relocation is due to thinner ice than normal from last week’s warm temperatures, and concern for having 2-3,000 spectators on the ice. Historically, the race ran from 2nd Avenue down to the end and then went off the Chena River at the Nordale Bridge down Chena Hot Springs Road.
 
Also, due to the unusually warm weather conditions in Yukon, the Finish Line of the 2014 Yukon Quest will be moved from downtown Whitehorse to the Takhini Hot Springs on the Hot Springs Road, off the North Klondike Highway. This is due to dangerous trail conditions for dog teams and mushers on the Yukon River.
 
All other Yukon Quest events will happen as planned. Specific checkpoint details will be released once they are available.
 
For more information about the Yukon Quest, contact:Echo Ross or Pixie Ingram 867-456-7483 communications@outsidethecube.ca
 

CLASH OF CHAMPIONS!

2012 Champion Rohn Buser Beats 2013 Champion Jeff King in a Battle for the Agesin the 2014 Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race !
Click Here for complete race results.

Mushers Bring Awarness to Vaccines


Photo: Lisa Schobert, Vaccine Coordinator/Pharmacy Technician and Dawyn Sawyer, PA


 

Posted Jan 19, 2014 - Lisa Shobert - The DTaP and Tdap vaccine will be sent with mushers Martin Buser and Aliy Zirkle during Iditarod 2014 in order to bring about vaccine awareness.

Next weekend Dawyn and Lisa will actually review Dr. Curtis Welch’s medical documents at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, from 1925. They will review them from a medical standpoint. 

In 1925 a diphtheria outbreak occurred in Nome, Alaska. Dr. Welch diagnosed the situation and requested assistance. Nome had enough diphtheria antitoxin for 2 patients and more was needed. An Anchorage doctor located more antitoxin and the serum was placed on a train from Anchorage to Nenana. Due to severe weather conditions the only way to continue the transport of the antitoxin to Nome was via dog sled. Today this dog sled run is known as The Serum Run.

In 1973 The Last Great Race® sled dog race began. It’s simply called the Iditarod. Historians quote several reasons as to why the race began. Joe Reddington wanted to revitalize dog mushing. Joe had one thought; Dorothy Page had another and The State of Alaska yet another. Some say the Iditarod was modeled after the All Alaska Sweepstakes race or the diphtheria outbreak in Nome, yet others say it was a celebration of the purchase of Alaska from Russia.

While it is common to link the Iditarod and The Serum Run together, the commonalities are the trail, mushers, dogs and spirit.

Terminology and Geography - It is extremely important to understand Outbreak - the occurrence of more cases of disease than normally expected within a specific place or group of people over a given period of time. Nome had an outbreak not an epidemic. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection in the upper respiratory tract. Vaccines are toxoids; they prevent disease. Anti-toxins are used when a problem already exists.

Geography facts - There is no water passage from Nenana to Nome. The diphtheria antitoxin was needed in January, thus it was winter. The water was frozen. The water opens up in June allowing barge/ship traffic to begin. There was and still are no roads into Nome. Weather grounded any type of bush pilots however they could only fly when they could see. In January there are 5-6 hours of daylight in the area. These conditions were beyond the capabilities of bush pilots with open cockpits. On January 27th when the first musher left Nenana the temp was recorded at -30 degrees fahrenheit and the wind speed was unknown. The railroad stops in Nenana. The only transportation available was dog sled. Mushers can travel 24/7. Dog teams carried the mail then and it took a relay team about a month to transport items (one way) from Anchorage to Nome. 




CB300 Set to Run

Food drops, registration and meetings are all in the past. All that's left is to hit the trail! Race starts saturday morning, January 11, 2014 at 10am. Weather for the start is predicted to be cloudy with flurries, high of minus 4 and low of minus 8. Sunday, sunny with a high of minus 4. The differences in the start times will be made up when mushers take their mandatory 6 hour break. Go to www.cb300.com for a link to the SPOT trackers and updates. Tune into www.kcam.org for live broadcast of the start.Listen LIVE


K300 Announces Trail Changes for 2014 K300!

The Kuskokwim 300 race committee has made changes to the traditional trail for next week’s race because of adverse trail conditions on the river near Bethel. The race will start on the river in front of Bethel but will immediately leave the river and travel cross country to the Gweek River, and travel behind Akiachak to Tuluksak on the tundra. From that point the trail will follow the traditional route to Kalskag and Aniak. There will be no check point at Akiachak.

Trail crews report the overland trail is satisfactory in places and very good in other places. Once the teams approach Tukuksak, the snow is deeper and conditions are much better from there upriver. A Friday snowmachine traveler reported the trail near Kalskag was beautiful.

Because of these changes, the committee is also considering several options for both the Akiak Dash and Bogus Creek races including possible postponement. Many local teams have indicating the lack of training conditions has discouraged them, and the committee will wait a few days to gauge interest before a final decision is made. Racers considering entering these two races should contact the committee with their thoughts on this matter.For more information visit the Kusko300 web site- Click Here

Somethings never change....

 

Sled dogs at Olympic Torch Relay 2014



Rohn Buser Wins Knik 200

Rohn Buser crossed the finish line. He and his team are the winner of the 2014 Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race. Congratulations, Rohn! For complete race results visit the official Knik 200 web site Click Here

Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr Memorial Sled Dog Race

Posted Jan 1, 2014 - Wasilla Alaska - Race Day: 11AM Saturday, January 4th, 2013. Knik Lake in Wasilla, Alaska.

Parking will be available in the Knik Bar parking lot beside Knik Lake. Porta Potties will be located near the parking area. Snacks and warm beverages will be sold by a local vendor on premises as the Knik Bar is not currently open.

Please do not bring pets to the race. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more information visit the Knik 200 web site.



2014 K300 Race Schedule:

100 Mile Challenge - Driver's Meeting - In preparation of this weekend's 100 mile challenge, there will be a driver's meeting this Friday, January 3 at 7:00 PM to go over the race rules and the trail. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may call in to the conference line at (712) 432-1601. When prompted for the access code, please enter 664488#

The race will be held Saturday morning and the purse will be $10,000. Teams will have an 8 dog limit. We look forward to having a great race! Click here to keep up with the Kusko races

If you have any questions regarding the race, please feel free to contact K300 Race Manager Zach Fansler at 907.545.3300.

  • K300 Race Start: Friday, January 17, 2014; 6:30 PM
  • Bogus Creek 150 Race Start: Friday, January 17, 2014; 5:00 PM
  • Akiak Dash Race Start: Saturday, January 18, 2014; 2:00 PM



Alaska Excursions 120 Cancelled

Posted 12/07/13 - Due to poor trail conditions, from lack of snow and continued rain, the 2014 Alaska Excursions 120, scheduled for Dec 14 & 15th, is cancelled. The AE120 would like to see the race run this racing season, and they are looking at possibly rescheduling the race for some time in the second half of March. AE120 would like to know, if they were to do this would you still be interested in running the race? AE120 realizes that this time would conflict with other racing plans that many of you may have but if there is enough interest they will work to make race plans for an alternate date. 



Lori Louise Egge


Photo By Kim Lyford Bishop

 


Lori Louise Egge, 53, passed away November 7, 2013 at her home in Wasilla, Alaska surrounded by her deeply caring family and friends following a hard-fought 16-month battle with an exceedingly rare form of small cell carcinoma. Northern lights filled the sky as Lori died casting a glowing tribute over her life steeped in bold adventure, confidence and a profound joy in sharing her love of Alaska and its people. Lori was born in Seattle, Washington in 1960, graduated from Interlake High School i
n 1978, and earned her pilot’s license while attending Big Bend Community College’s aviation program in Moses Lake.
Hitching up the Alcan with help from a rideboard, she arrived in Alaska during spring, 1983. To further her love of aviation, she worked as an accountant for Sohio at Prudhoe Bay quickly earning enough money to purchase her first airplane, a Citabria. She then became the first woman to enter the exciting, though dangerous profession of fish spotting, flying the sac roe herring fisheries in Sitka, Togiak, Kodiak and Prince William Sound.

In 1992, she founded Sky Trekking Alaska and in her Cessnas and Grumman Widgeon, flew thousands of people on once in a lifetime adventures across Alaska and occasionally into Russia and the Canadian Northwest Territories. Twenty times she flew the Iditarod, opening many people’s eyes to the beauty of Alaska’s winter and the excitement of sled dog racing. Lori accumulated more than 15,000 hours of accident free flying in bush Alaska and likely landed on every village strip where she was always greeted with warm hugs. Lori loved traveling. In 1993 when her son Timmy was just five, she flew her small family from Alaska to all the countries in South America in her Cessna 185. Soon thereafter, for a French film crew, she piloted an experimental twin-engine amphibious aircraft around Punta Arenas, Chile and the tip of South America creating a documentary. She and Tim repeated the trip to South American in 2008 and 2009, this time with young Tim at the Cessna’s controls. Lori was passionate about training dogs. Her best buddy, Elvis, an English Pointer took first place in multiple field trials. With her bird dogs, she guided hunting trips for Highland Hills Ranch in Oregon, Buckeye Plantation in Georgia, Parker Ranch in Hawaii, and Wing Shooting the Wild in Alaska and Idaho. Lori is survived by her son, Timothy Gossett, of Wasilla, Alaska, her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Debbie Egge of Woodinville, Washington, her sister and brother-in-law Sue and Gene Beaulieu of Seattle, Washington and nephews Justin Egge and Jason Beaulieu and niece Jill Walker. She is also survived by her former husbands, Tim Gossett of Kodiak and his extended family in Laguna Beach, California and Dan Michels with whom she partnered in running Crystal Creek Lodge for ten years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a college fund established at Northrim Bank for Lori’s new grandson, Grayson Mack Gossett, joyfully born at Lori’s home October 30, 2013 to her son, Tim, and proud mother, Kelli Zaumseil, Grayson was placed in Lori’s arms ten minutes after birth and was Lori’s joy during her last week of life. A Celebration of Lori’s life will be held Sunday, November 17th from 2 p.m until sunset at Kathy Chapoton and Martin Buser's Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake. Directions at www.buserdog.com Photos and stories about Lori should be emailed to chapoton4@gmail.com .


Dew Claw Kennel - Fall 2013

Filmed at Dew Claw Kennel, home of Iditarod & Yukon Quest mushers Dan Kaduce and Jodi Bailey. Music by Stov -- "Stoke the Fire". Dew Claw Kennel is a distance racing kennel located in beautiful Chatanika Alaska.






Bunny Boots & Bids: A Fundraiser for the Yukon Quest

yukon Quest
POSTED 10/21/13
DONATION REQUEST: The Yukon Quest's largest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Beer/Wine Tasting  & Auction, Bunny Boots & Bids, is Saturday, November 16th from 6pm-10pm in Pioneer Park at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts (Civic Center).

This event is their biggest fundraiser, with supporters turning out to sample Alaska Brewing Co. beer and Gavora's Fine wines sponsored by K&L Distributors, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Culinary Arts crew from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College, served by Yukon Quest mushers in tuxedos! It's the best place in town to sample beer and wine, support the Yukon Quest and get some holiday shopping done. 

Contributions from local businesses are key to the success of this event, and we hope you'll consider donating items or services to be auctioned. To confirm your support for the auction simply fill out the donation form. All donors will receive a complimentary ticket to the auction, recognition at the event and a call out on the Bunny Boots & Bids Facebook event page. 

The Yukon Quest would be happy to pick up any donation in Fairbanks, call 907.687.8444 or email. You may also deliver your donation to the store at 550 First Avenue in Downtown Fairbanks openMonday - Friday from 11am-6pm. Contacts: Kara Nash, Event Organizer: 907.687.8444 Linda Maack Green, Operations Manager: 907.452.7954 



Alaska's 2014 Northern Lights 300 date set

The Northern Lights 300 sled dog race starts Friday, January 24, 2014 at Happy Trails Kennels (HTK) in Big Lake, Alaska.  The proposed trail is HTK to Yentna via Willow Swamp (~100 miles), Yentna to Finger Lake (~75 miles), Finger Lake – Yentna (~75 miles), Yentna to HTK (~45 miles). Six hour mandatory layovers at Yentna outbound and inbound and Finger Lake. Race rules and entry forms can be downloaded from NL 300 website at northernlights300.org.  

Some changes to this year’s race: Sign up order will be start order. Entry fee must be paid by check or money order and applications must be mailed. Mandatory drivers’ meeting is Friday, race day, at 8:00am and race starts at noon. Mushers must supply their own Heet. All mushers will be equipped with a SPOT Tracker. There is no finishers’ banquet. Purse will be paid out evenly between all official finishers. Please read the race rules carefully prior to signing up.



Race Team in Place for 2014 Yukon Quest






August 2, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon & Fairbanks, Alaska) –  There will be a lot of familiar faces behind the scenes of the 2014 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
 
The 2014 Race Team includes three returning members. Doug Grilliot will once again lead the team as Race Marshal while Dr. Kathleen McGill is back for her fifth year as Head Veterinarian and Alex Olesen returns as Race Manager.
 
Grilliot, a resident of Willow, Alaska, previously held the position of Race Marshal for the 2008, 2009 and 2013 races.
 
“I am grateful to once again be chosen as the Race Marshal for the 2014 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race,” said Grilliot. “Last year’s Yukon Quest was one of the most successful in recent memory, and I look forward to working with everyone on the race team, as well as mushers, staff, veterinarians, and volunteers, in continuing to raise the bar.”
 
Dr. McGill has been caring for the stars of the YQ – the dogs – for 12 years. She currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio, and has volunteered her time as a veterinarian for numerous other sled dog races, including the Iditarod.
 
Olesen was also Race Manager in 2013 and 2007, and has been an Assistant Race Manager for both the Yukon and Alaska.
 
There will be one new face on the Race Team. Gaetan Pierrard has been hired as Assistant Race Manager. A former Yukon Quest handler and checkpoint volunteer for several years, Pierrard ran the Quest 300 in 2013. He hopes to attempt the 1,000 mile race in the future.
 
Familiar and new faces can also be found at the Yukon Quest office in Fairbanks. Marti Steury, Executive Director of the Yukon Quest – Alaska, will stay on for the 2014 race. Steury previously indicated plans to move on to new adventures, but her passion for the race has kept her at the helm.
 
“I am very excited to remain with the Yukon Quest for another year, especially when we have such a strong race team in place,” said Steury. “Doug and Kathleen bring a wealth of experience to the team in two key positions. Having Alex’s previous knowledge in this position, along with Gaetan’s familiarity of well-run checkpoints, will help ensure logistics run smoothly.”
 
Linda Green joined the Fairbanks office as Operations Manager in June and will be working in partnership with the Yukon side on race logistics. Green previously worked for Tanana Valley Television and Radio, where she developed her love of the Yukon Quest, both reporting and volunteering for the past two years.
 
The 2014 Yukon Quest starts Saturday, February 1st in Fairbanks, Alaska. For more information, visit www.yukonquest.com

 

52 MUSHERS ENTER IDITAROD XLII ON OPENING DAY

Wasilla, Alaska – (June 29, 2013) - Thirty-one mushers were on hand today at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla to officially enter Iditarod XLII. Another 21 entered by mail. Of the 52 opening day entries, 11 are rookies who have completed their required qualifying races. Current and two-time Champion Mitch Seavey, four-time Champions Jeff King and Martin Buser, 2012 Champion Dallas Seavey, along with a talented group of perennial top finishers are a part of the 2014 field. Also back for the first time since 2007 is two-time Champion Robert Sorlie of Norway. Sorlie has won twice in only four attempts. The Iditarod paid tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who were on hand by hosting the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Lunch was catered by race sponsor Golden Corral and 200 pounds of fresh Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was flown in by race sponsor PenAir for the occasion. Mike Williams, Jr. of Akiak and rookie Yvonne Dabakk of Oslo, Norway, won their $3,000 entry fees back in a final drawing that marked the end of the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Mushers have until the close of business on Friday, November 29 to enter. It is expected that the starting field will be between 65 and 70 teams. Following is a list of mushers in order of their draw to be held during the Mushers Banquet on February 27, 2014. Tickets are available online at www.iditarod.com or by calling (907) 352-2203.

SATURDAY MARKS OPENING DAY FOR ENTRIES FOR IDITAROD XL11

Wasilla, Alaska – (June 27, 2013) - Saturday promises to be a busy and exciting day at Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) Headquarters in Wasilla as many of the mushers who will compete in the 42nd running of the Iditarod next March will be on hand for opening day for entries. All mushers who enter the 2014 race either in-person or by mail before 3:00 p.m. on Saturday will be in the first draw. Mushers have through November 29 to enter the race. The annual meeting of the Iditarod Trail Committee and the annual volunteer picnic will also be taking place on Saturday. For the hundreds of volunteers who will be on hand, it is a fun day as they are honored by ITC for their efforts and the event provides the first twinge of excitement about what lies ahead next March. Race Sponsor Golden Corral will be on hand to cater the volunteer event.

EVENT TIME
  • Entries Open 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Annual Meeting 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Volunteer Picnic 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Organizational Board Meeting 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Drawings For Drawing Positions 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Drawings For Two Free Entries 3:30 pm
Parking for the Volunteer Picnic is available at the Smith Ball Fields adjacent

2013 Iditarod Special Awards

Nome, Alaska - Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Iditarod XLI Special Awards given at the Finisher’s Banquet: Pen Air Spirit of Alaska Award – Aaron Burmeister GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award – Lance Mackey Millennium Alaskan Hotel First Musher to the Yukon Award – Martin Buser Wells Fargo Bank Alaska Gold Coast Award - Mitch Seavey Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Winner’s Truck Award – Mitch Seavey Wells Fargo Bank Winner’s Purse – Mitch Seavey ExxonMobil Mushers Choice Award - Mike Williams, Sr. Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award – Jake Berkowitz Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award - Nicolas Petit Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award – Mikhail Telpin Sportsmanship Award –Cim Smyth City of Nome Lolly Medley Golden Harness Award Winner – Tanner, Mitch Seavey Leader Nome Kennel Club Fastest Time from Safety to Nome Award - Ramey Smyth, 2 hours 19 minutes Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year – Joar Leifseth Ulsom Northern Air Cargo Four Wheeler Drawing Winner – Anna Berington Golden Clipboard Award – Ophir Golden Stethoscope Award - Dr. Sterling Thomas & Dr. Dirsko VonPfeil Red Lantern – Christine
Roalofs


2013 IDITAROD MUSHER START ORDER

Anchorage, Alaska - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - Iditarod mushers, sponsors, and race fans filled the Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska to celebrate the start of IDITAROD XLI.  Alaskan balladeer Hobo Jim made an appearance, along with Adele Morgan and Earl Hughes entertaining a crowd of nearly 1300.

The 2013 Iditarod field has five champions trying to regain the title.  Those include the current Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey who is joined by four time Iditarod Champions’ Lance Mackey, Martin Buser, Jeff King, and 2004 Champion Mitch Seavey. 

The start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will begin on Saturday, March, and 10 am on 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. Statewide coverage of the start will be provided by GCI Channel 1. National and international live streaming coverage of the start will be broadcast to subscribers on the Iditarod Insider at www.iditarod.com.

The 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Starting Position

1

Jan

Newton

2013 Honorary Musher

2

Martin

Buser

Big Lake

Alaska

3

Scott

Janssen

Anchorage

Alaska

4

Jodi

Bailey

Chatanika

Alaska

5

Lance

Mackey

Fairbanks

Alaska

6

Ken

Anderson

Fairbanks

Alaska

7

Michelle

Phillips

Tagish, YT

Canada

8

Newton

Marshall

St. Anne

Jamaica

9

Kelley

Griffin

Wasilla

Alaska

10

Peter

Kaiser

Bethel

Alaska

11

Paul

Gebhardt

Kailof

Alaska

12

Jason

Mackey, Sr.

Wasilla

Alaska

13

John

Baker

Kotzebue

Alaska

14

Paige

Drobny

Fairbanks

Alaska

15

Charley

Bejna

Addison

Illinois

16

Nicolas

Petit

Girdwood

Alaska

17

Cindy

Gallea

Wykoff

Minnesota

18

Jeff

King

Denali

Alaska

19

Dallas

Seavey

Willow

Alaska

20

Kristy

Berington

Kasilof

Alaska

21

Gerry

Willomitzer

Whitehorse, YT

Canada

22

Travis

Beals

Seward

Alaska

23

Robert

Bundtzen

Anchorage

Alaska

24

Aaron

Burmeister

Nome

Alaska

25

Kelly

Maixner

Big Lake

Alaska

26

Jan

Steves

Edmonds

Washington

27

Aily

Zirkle

Two Rivers

Alaska

28

DeeDee

Jonrowe

Willow

Alaska

29

Karin

Hendrickson

Wasilla

Alaska

30

Jessie

Royer

Darby

Montana

31

Anna

Berington

Kasilof

Alaska

32

Joar

Lleifseth Ulsom

Roros

Norway

33

Michael

Suprenant

Chugiak

Alaska

34

Justin

Savidis

Willow

Alaska

35

Mike

Williams, Sr.

Akiak

Alaska

36

Mitch

Seavey

Seward

Alaska

37

Christine

Roalofs

Anchorage

Alaska

38

Ramey

Smyth

Willow

Alaska

39

Rudy

Demoski, Sr.

Wasilla

Alaska

40

Angie

Taggart

Ketchikan

Alaska

41

Ed

Stielstra

McMillan

Michigan

42

Linwood

Fiedler

Willow

Alaska

43

Bob

Chlupach

Willow

Alaska

44

Jake

Berkowitz

Big Lake

Alaska

45

Curt

Perano

Queenstown

New Zealand

46

Michael

Williams, Jr.

Akiak

Alaska

47

Luan Ramos

Marques

Macae

Bra

48

Allen

Moore

Two Rivers

Alaska

49

Gerald

Sousa

Talkeetna

Alaska

50

Mike

Ellis

Two Rivers

Alaska

51

Cim

Smyth

Big Lake

Alaska

52

Ray

Redington, Jr.

Wasilla

Alaska

53

Louie

Ambrose

St. Michael

Alaska

54

Jessica

Hendricks

Two Rivers

Alaska

55

Josh

Cadzow

Fort Yukon

Alaska

56

David

Sawatzky

Healy

Alaska

57

Wade

Marrs

Wasilla

Alaska

58

Aaron

Peck

Bezanson, AB

Canada

59

Jim

Lanier

Chugiak

Alaska

60

Cindy

Abbott

Irvine

California

61

Matt

Failor

Big Lake

Alaska

62

Brent

Sass

Manley Hot Springs

Alaska

63

Mikhail

Telpin

Yanrakkynot, Chukotka

Russia

64

Matt

Giblin

Big Lake

Alaska

      65          Richie                   Diehl               Aniak                   Alaska

      66          James                  Volek               Big Lake                Alaska

      67         Sonny                 Lindner              Two Rivers               Alaska




2013 JUNIOR IDITAROD WINNER – NOAH PEREIRA

2013 JUNIOR IDITAROD WINNER – NOAH PEREIRA Willow, Alaska – Sunday, February 24, 2013 – JR IDITAROD XXXVI Rookie Musher Noah Pereira (Bib #7) of Clarkson, NY arrived at Willow Lake, Willow, Alaska at 11:32:00 am Alaska Time with 10 dogs on his team claiming his first Jr. Iditarod Championship. Noah edged out last year’s champion, Conway Seavey of Sterling, Alaska by four minutes. Conway had won the Willow Jr. 100 and Tustumena 100 earlier this month. As of 12:15 PM AK Time, only two teams had crossed the finish line. Check for more recent standings by going to: http://www.jriditarod.com/racecurrent.php Noah Pereira, 16, says he started mushing in 2007 when he met a few local mushers and then wanted a team of his own. His team in New York is a sprint team. He’s been working with Dallas Seavey for two years in anticipation of running the Jr. Iditarod. He is in the 11th grade at Brockport High School and participates in Environmental Club and Varsity Soccer. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. He plans to go to college after high school and says, “yes”, he will continue mushing.


2013 Junior Iditarod starts Saturday, February 23rd





Jr. Iditarod will be taking place this Saturday, February 23rd at 10 AM AK Time leaving from Knik Lake, Mile 13, Knik Goose Bay Road, Wasilla and ending on Sunday, February 24th at Willow Lake, Willow Community Center, Willow Wasilla, Alaska – Wednesday, February 19, 2013 – the thirty-sixth running of the Jr. Iditarod is set to get underway this Saturday, February 23rd at 10 AM AK Time from Knik Lake, Mile 13, Knik Goose Bay Road, Wasilla. Lynden is the major sponsor of this event. The thirteen Jr. Iditarod competitors, listed below will race to Yentna Station where they will overnight. Then on Sunday, February 24th, teams will leave in the order they arrived and race to the finish line on Willow Lake. The race course is approximately 150-miles. The winner of this race will have the honor of leaving 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska on March 2nd wearing the 2013 Iditarod Honorary Musher Bib #1. The winner will also be honored at Iditarod Awards Banquet in Nome, Alaska at the conclusion of the 2013 Iditarod.

2013 Junior Iditarod Musher Listing: Jonathan Biggerstaff Talkeetna AK USA Veteran , Abigail Brooks Fairbanks AK USA Rookie, Jenny Greger Bozeman MT USA Veteran, Benjamin Harper Wasilla AK USA Veteran, Joshua Klejka Bethel AK USA Rookie, Jimmy Lanier Chugiak AK USA Rookie, Caleb Miller Bethel AK USA Rookie, Annika Olesen Yellowknife NWT CANADA Veteran, Noah Pereira Clarkson NY USA Rookie, Alea Robinson Eagle River AK USA Veteran, Conway Seavey Sterling AK USA Veteran, Taylor Steele Hopewell PA USA Rookie, Malinda Tjelta Sheyenne ND USA Rookie

Moore wins 30th Running of Yukon Quest

Wes Schaefer


February 11, 2013 (Fairbanks, Alaska) – Allen Moore crossed the finish line in Fairbanks at 6:54 am, winning the 2013 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. Moore was an hour and 16 minutes ahead of second-place musher Hugh Neff, last year’s Yukon Quest champion. He finished with 11 dogs in a time of eight days, 18 hours and 57 minutes. “I trained my team to run 26 seconds faster,” joked Moore, referencing his loss to Neff last year by a hair. Moore says the pivotal moment of the race was in Circle, where he rested for two additional hours while Hugh took off from the checkpoint. He thinks he made up time in the end, because of that two-hour rest. “If it wasn’t for my handlers or my team, I never would have won. We’ve got a good group of dogs and a good group of people helping us,” he said, adding it’s pretty likely he will be back to run the Yukon Quest in 2014. Moore and his wife, Aliy Zirkle, become the first husband and wife to each win the Yukon Quest. Zirkle took the title in 2000. Hugh Neff was greeted by fans and media when he crossed the line. He asked them to be sure to get a photo of Walter, who has run nine 1000 mile races on Hugh’s line but would be retiring. “I knew in 101 that it was over,” said Neff. “His dogs were jumping in the harness. I tried to lure him in to eat breakfast with me.” Neff said none of them do it for the money. It’s for the love of the dogs, climbing the mountains and just being out there. He said while there are always things you can change about your race he was proud of his run. This was Neff’s thirteenth running of the Yukon Quest.




Paul Johnson Norton Sound 450

Posted Wednesday Feb6th, 2013 Unalakleet, Alaska - The Paul Johnson Norton Sound 450 gets under way today. The race is named after Paul Johnson. In late 2011 Unalakleet lost one of the villages great men. Though only 54 years old Paul Johnson was a man of many talents and gifts, all of which he shared with anyone and everyone. He was one of the mainstays of the Norton Sound Sled Dog Club for almost 30 years. He'd run in many many races and competed twice in the Iditarod…25 years apart. His support work for other mushers and any race in, or around, Unalakleet was unsurpassed. The NSSDC decided in November 2011 to hold a race in his memory as well as to offer a world class mid-distance race over the final 300 miles of the Iditarod. Amazingly, and with the work and support of many people and organizations, this race came to fruition in only 3 months. The inaugural race was started on February 8, 2012 with veteran mushers Dee Dee Jonrowe, Aaron Burmeister, John Schandelmeir, Pete Kaiser, Gerald Sousa and others. The race course ran from Unalakleet to Kaltag and back before heading up the coast through the communities of Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain and on to Nome. The race had a mix of weather challenges and in the end Pete Kaiser edged John Schandelmeir by only 2 minutes to grab the crown. There were no scratches and all mushers finished within 14 hours top to bottom.

2013 Mushers Bib Numbers: #1 Honorary: Paul Johnson, #2 Aaron Burmeister; #3 Chuck Schaeffer, #4 Elliot Anderson, #5 Alex Otton, #6 Martin Buser, #7 Peter Kaiser, #8 Dee Dee Jonrowe, #9 Gerry Willomitzer. Start time will be noon tomorrow with mushers leaving on 2 minute intervals.

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Moore out in front heading into Day 3

February 3, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – He wasn’t flashy, and he managed to avoid the media spotlight, but Allen Moore ran a solid race on Day 2 of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. Moore took his mandatory four-hour layover and made up his differential in Braeburn to start the day, and then rested his dogs again for nearly five hours in Carmacks. The strategy seems to be paying off, as he passed defending champion Hugh Neff at McCabe Creek and was in the lead heading into Pelly late Sunday night. Moore dropped one dog in Carmacks and is now running with 13. Neff took his mandatory layover at Carmacks, and stopped to rest and feed his dogs again in McCabe. Neff has yet to drop a dog. Both Moore and Neff are expected in Pelly early Monday morning. Meanwhile, Jake Berkowitz chose not to stop at Carmacks in the early evening and was racing to catch the leaders with all 14 dogs. Scott Smith and Brent Sass rounded out the top five as they left Carmacks headed for Pelly. Smith has not dropped any dogs and Sass just one. The next pack is being led by Kelly Griffin, David Dalton, Cody Strathe and Normand Casavant. All three of them headed out of Carmacks late in the evening. Heading up the middle pack is rookie Markus Ingebretsen, followed by Lance Mackey and Crispin Studer. Mackey, the four-time Quest champion, dropped four dogs in Carmacks so is now running with 10. Five mushers remained in Carmacks late Sunday night. Susie Rogan, Abbie West, Denis Tremblay, Dan Kaduce, and Ed Hopkins were all resting their dogs for the big journey ahead. Nine mushers were between Braeburn and Carmacks, with Yellowknife rookie Dyan Bergen at the back of the pack. For the latest times and standings, click here: http://yukonquest.com/site/race-updates/


Yukon Quest trail will be re-routed between Dawson and Eagle

February 2, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon & Fairbanks, AK) – Today Yukon Quest Race Marshal Doug Grilliot announced that the race will be re-routed between Dawson City and Eagle, AK. The mushers will not be travelling over American Summit. The decision was made based on reports from trailbreakers that the trail over American Summit is impassable in several locations. The trail will instead proceed directly down the Yukon River from Dawson to Eagle. The estimated reduction of distance is 50 miles. The Yukon Quest organization will release any further details as they become available.

Peck Posts Fastest Time on Day Seven, Moves into Overall Lead

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – February 1, 2013 – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Seven of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with at time of 4:00:07 on the 40-mile trail from Lake Viva Naughton near Kemmerer. It was Peck’s fifth day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 10 MPH with 10 dogs. With today’s times, Peck moves into the overall lead with an overall time of 21:35:57. For Day Seven, Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 4:15:02; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 4:17:06; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 4:17:29; and William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, came in fifth with a time of 4:25:25. In overall times; Streeper is second with a time of 21:48:59; Lindh is third with 22:09:12; Turner is fourth with 22:27:21; and Kornmuller is fifth with 22:48:08. For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org


Mushers hit the trail for 30th running of Yukon Quest


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February 2, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – The 2013 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race is underway! Twenty-six mushers took off from the start line at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse today. Hundreds of fans lined both sides of the chute, cheering on their favourite mushers. Dawson City’s Brian Wilmshurst drew bib #1 at the banquet Thursday, so he was first out of the chute. Defending champion Hugh Neff took off in fourth position, while four-time champion Lance Mackey was number six. Another four-time champion, Hans Gatt, was handler for Susie Rogan and offered her some last minute advice as she arrived at the start. Normand Casavant hammed it up for the crowd as his team got ready to go, but in his excitement forgot to say goodbye to one very important person – his wife. “He forgets me,” she laughed, after chasing him down the chute in an effort to get a kiss and hug. Normand is sure to make up for that missed affection at the next checkpoint in Braeburn. Perhaps the most excited musher to leave the chute was veteran Abbie West, who stood on the back of her sled antsy for the final countdown. “Whooooo! Get me out there!” she yelled as she took off. For all the latest results, news and live tracking of the race go to www.yukonquest.com






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KUAC invites you to join us as we kick off our 2013 Yukon Quest coverage with a very special Yukon Quest Update, start morning at 8:30. You’ll hear interviews with previous KUAC Yukon Quest reporters and producers Theresa Bakker, Dan Bross, Libby Casey and John McWhorter.  Then we’ll check in LIVE with KUAC’s Emily Schwing from the starting line of The 2013 Yukon Quest in Whitehorse, Canada.  It’s a special kickoff of KUAC’s Yukon Quest coverage Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 8:30am.

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Tune in for daily reports throughout the Yukon Quest: WEEKDAYS at 7:30am and 8:30am, with an update at 12:30pm, and SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 8:30am — running Feb 2nd to the wrap-up report on Feb. 18th..







Peck Posts Fastest Time on Day Seven, Moves into Overall Lead





Jackson Hole, Wyoming – February 1, 2013 – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Seven of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with at time of  4:00:07 on the 40-mile trail from Lake Viva Naughton near Kemmerer. It was Peck’s fifth day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 10 MPH with 10 dogs. With today’s times, Peck moves into the overall lead with an overall time of 21:35:57. For Day Seven, Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 4:15:02; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 4:17:06; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 4:17:29; and William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, came in fifth with a time of 4:25:25.

In overall times; Streeper is second with a time of 21:48:59; Lindh is third with 22:09:12; Turner is fourth with 22:27:21; and Kornmuller is fifth with 22:48:08. Following today’s Lake Viva Naughton stage, teams left for Mountain View for Musher Mania.  On Saturday, Lyman will host the Flapjack Frenzy at 7-9 a.m. for mushers before they depart on the final day of the race. Stage Eight of the IPSSSDR will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Deadhorse Trail South of Mountain View and will finish at North Slope Road 30 miles south of Evanston.

For more information, visit the race website atwww.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307.734.1163.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com,307.734.5335




T200 is February 2, 2013 at 11AM at mile 112 in Kasilof, Alaska

35 mushers are set to start the 2013 Tustemena 200 this weekend in Kasilof, Alaska.The purse for the T200 will be $25,000, cash payouts for the top 10 finishers and $100 Tesoro Gas cards for the next 10 finishers. So top 20 get paid! Click here for race stats.



Wilmshurst will be first out for 30th running of the Yukon Quest

January 31, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – It was a capacity crowd at the Yukon Convention Centre for the Yukon Quest Start & Draw Banquet Thursday. Mushers, handlers, officials, and fans enjoyed local entertainment, dinner and a silent auction before the main event – the bib draw.Dawson City's Brian Wilmshurst was the 11th musher on stage and he drew bib #1 much to the delight of the crowd. That means Wilmshurst will be the first musher to leave the start line Saturday. Carcross musher Crispin Studer was the 26th and last musher to draw a bib, and ended up with bib #26 – sponsored by the Yukon Quest Facebook fans. Four-time champion Lance Mackey drew bib #6 and said, "I'll take it. Number six has been good to me before." Mackey said six is the number he wore in 2006, when he won his second Yukon Quest.


Here is the complete starting order, with bib sponsor:

1. Brian Wilmshurst – Arctic Tulip Bookkeeping 
2. Markus Ingebretsen – Braeburn Lodge
3. Rob Cooke – Jerry Van Dyke's Tours
4. Hugh Neff – Canadas Best Value Inn
5. Cody Strathe – Canada Flooring Enterprises
6. Lance Mackey – Duffy's Pets & Tanzilla Harness
7. Normand Casavant – Nature Tours of Yukon
8. Kelley Griffin – Summit Customs Brokers
9. Randy MacKenzie – Candy's Fruit Stand
10. Susan Rogan – Bear's Paw Quilts
11. Allen Moore – Eldorado Hotel
12. Christina Traverse – Northern Tales Travel Services
13. Denis Tremblay – Icy Waters Ltd.
14. Matthew Failor – Yukon Pump
15. Dan Kaduce – Irving Collision Repairs
16. Misha Pedersen –Klondike Rib & Salmon
17. Abbie West – Liberty Tax Services
18. Brent Sass – Builders Supplyland
19. Dyan Bergen – All-West Glass Whitehorse Ltd.
20. Jake Berkowitz – Super Save Propane & Fencing
21. Dave Dalton – Yukon Denture Clinic
22. Ed Abrahamson – Canadian Tire
23. Scott Smith – EBA Engineering
24. Darrin Lee – AFA Forest Products
25. Ed Hopkins – Airport Chalet Hotel
26. Crispin Studer – Fabulous Facebook Fans

The 2013 Yukon Quest starts at 11 am on Saturday, February 2nd in Whitehorse, Yukon.

 For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.



Reynolds will be first out of the chute in YQ300

January 30, 2013 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – The starting positions for the YQ300 were chosen Wednesday night in Whitehorse, at the annual Meet the Mushers event.Fans packed Mount McIntyre for the event. Yukon Quest mushers were on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos, and chat with the public.Rookie 300 musher Tamra Reynolds stepped up first and drew #1, meaning she will head out of the chute first on Saturday.
 
Here is the complete starting order:
1. Tamra Reynolds
2. Colin Morrison
3. Yuka Honda
4. Marcelle Fressineau
5. Jerry Joinson
6. Aliy Zirkle
7. John King
8. Michelle Phillips
9. Olaf Thurau
10. Gaetan Pierrard
11. Debbie Knight
12. Jonathan Lucas
13. Jennifer Levy
14. David Mason
15. Paige Drobny
16. Ryne Olson
17. Kyia Bouchard
18. Lucy Tyrrell

A total of 18 mushers will compete in this year's YQ300, which starts at 3pm on February 2nd in Whitehorse, Yukon.
For all the latest news and information on the event, visit www.yukonquest.com.
 

Another Winning Day for Peck, Posts Fastest Time on Day Five




Jackson Hole, Wyoming – January 30, 2013 –Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Five of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of  3:03:06 on the 42-mile trail from Louis Lake Parking Lot on South Pass near Lander.  It was Peck's third day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 13.8 MPH with 10 dogs.
Blayne "Bud" Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 3:04:58; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 3:06:20; in fourth, William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, had a time of 3:09:00; and in fifth Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 3:11:56.

Streeper – defending his 2012 IPSSSDR win – maintains the 2013 overall lead so far with a total time of 15:04:38; Peck is closing in on that time in second place overall with 15:09:30; and Lindh is third with 15:20:42. Complete times are available on the IPSSSDR website athttp://www.wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php.
Following today's Lander stage, teams left for Big Piney/Marbleton where a Welcome Mushers  reception will be held at the Marbleton Senior Center. On Thursday, at 9 a.m., the sixth stage of the race will leave the starting line from the Middle Piney Parking lot. The race will travel to Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., through Saturday. In addition to Montana and Wyoming, the new 2013 race route crosses into Idaho and Utah, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley. The IPSSSDR concludes on Saturday, February 2 in Uinta County outside of Evanston, Wyo. After the big finish, mushers will partner with select students from participating race communities for the Jr. Stage Stop fun race. The kids' race will be held at 2 p.m. at the IPSSSDR's North Slope Road Trailhead finish line, 30 miles south of Evanston.  The IPSSSDR awards banquet will take place that night at 6 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10. The race's "stage stop" racing format allows the IPSSSDR to stop in a different community along the race route each night, allowing Wyoming's host towns to show their hospitality:  Festivities for mushers and spectators alike include pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals, and snowshoe softball.  With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world's top competitors.  Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR.  The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.  The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race works to spread the word in support of the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route with many communities using the funds for childhood immunization programs. For more information, visit the race website atwww.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307.734.1163. Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com,307.734.5335

Food Drops for the 2012 Quest






Peck Posts Fastest Day 4 in IPSSSDR Pinedale; Streeper in Overall Lead


photo courtesy of the IPSSDR ©

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – January 29, 2013 – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Four of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with 3:17:06 on the 47-mile trail from Green River Parking area near Cora, Wyoming.  It was Peck's second day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 13.1 MPH with 10 dogs. Blayne "Bud" Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 3:20:02; Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Mich., was third with 3:22:48; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 3:25:02; and in fifth, Brent Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, had a time of 3:28:32. Streeper – defending his 2012 IPSSSDR win – maintains the 2013 overall lead so far with a total time of 11:59:40; Peck is in second with 12:06:24; and Lars Lindh is third with 12:14:22. Complete times are available on the IPSSSDR website at http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php.

Following today's Pinedale stage, teams left for Lander where a Welcome Mushers  reception will be held at the Gannett Grill. On Wednesday, January 30 at 9 a.m., the fifth stage of the race will leave the starting line from Louis Lake Parking Lot up Southpass on a 50-mile course. The race will travel to Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., over the next week. In addition to Montana and Wyoming , the new 2013 race route crosses into Idaho and Utah, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley. For more information, visit the race website atwww.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307.734.1163. Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com,307.734.5335




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Peck Posts Fastest Day Three Time in IPSSSDR Alpine Stage





Jackson Hole, Wyoming – January 28, 2013 – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Three of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of  4:28:21 on the 52-mile trail from Alpine, Wyo. Peck averaged 11.8 MPH running 11 dogs.

Blayne "Bud" Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second with a time of 4:30:18; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 4:32:41; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 4:40:25; and in fifth, Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Mich., had a time of 4:40:46. Complete times for Day Three are available athttp://www.wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php?stage=3 . Overall race times will be available online later this evening.

Following today's Alpine stage, teams left for Pinedale, Wyo., where a Welcome Mushers dinner at the Sublette County Library awaits them.  On Tuesday, January 29 at 10 a.m. the fourth stage of the race will leave the starting line at the Upper Green Parking Area near Cora, Wyo., for a 47-mile course.

The race will travel to Lander, Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., over the next week. The race trail's Montana and Wyoming stages cross into Idaho and Utah with the new 2013 route, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley.

The IPSSSDR concludes on Saturday, February 2 in Uinta County outside of Evanston, Wyo. After the big finish, mushers will partner with select students from participating race communities for the Jr. Stage Stop fun race. The kids' race will be held at 2 p.m. at the IPSSSDR's North Slope Road Trailhead finish line, 30 miles south of Evanston.  The IPSSSDR awards banquet will take place that night at 6 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10.

The race's "stage stop" racing format allows the IPSSSDR to stop in a different community along the race route each night, allowing Wyoming's host towns to show their hospitality:  Festivities for mushers and spectators alike include pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals, and snowshoe softball. 

With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world's top competitors.  Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR.  The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society. 

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race works to spread the word in support of the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route with many communities using the funds for childhood immunization programs. For more information, visit the race website atwww.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307.734.1163.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com,307.734.5335



Streeper Posts Fastest Time in Day Two of International Pedigree Stage Stop





Jackson Hole, Wyoming – January 27, 2013 – Blayne "Bud" Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Two of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of 4:09:20 on the 56-mile-trail from West Yellowstone, Mont.  Running 10 dogs, Streeper averaged 13.5 miles per hour on the trail – the first time the IPSSSDR has raced on this particular trail that finished at the Bear Gulch Trailhead 10 miles outside Ashton, Idaho.

Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was second with a time of 4:12:24; Ryan Redington from Wasilla, Alaska, was third with a time of 4:13:31; William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, was fourth with a time of 4:17:44; and in fifth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 4:19:08. Complete times are available at 

wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php?stage=2
 

Following the West Yellowstone, Mont., stage, teams left for Alpine, Wyo., where a community dinner awaits them.  On Monday, January 28 at 9 a.m. the race will leave the starting line in Alpine on a 56-mile course.

The race will travel to Pinedale, Lander, Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., over the next week. The race trail's Montana and Wyoming stages cross into Idaho and Utah with the new 2013 route, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley.

The IPSSSDR concludes on Saturday, February 2 in Uinta County outside of Evanston, Wyo. After the big finish, mushers will partner with select students from participating race communities for the Jr. Stage Stop fun race. The kids' race will be held at 2 p.m. at the IPSSSDR's North Slope Road Trailhead finish line, 30 miles south of Evanston.  The IPSSSDR awards banquet will take place that night at 6 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10.

The race's "stage stop" racing format allows the IPSSSDR to stop in a different community along the race route each night, allowing Wyoming's host towns to show their hospitality:  Festivities for mushers and spectators alike include pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals, and snowshoe softball. 
With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world's top competitors.

Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR.  The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society. 

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race works to spread the word in support of the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route with many communities using the funds for childhood immunization programs. For more information, visit the race website atwww.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307.734.1163.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com,307.734.5335



Sheep Mountain Sle Dog Race Re-thinks Going the Distance

sled dog



Posted 01/24/13 - Sheep Mt. Alaska - The Sheep Mountain Sled Dog race organizers are rethinking their popular race. Setting up a 200 and a 300 mile race. Making it a spring sled dog race emphasizing race practice, dog care and fun! The race starts 6am Tuesday, March 26.



There will be a 200-mile race which will run from Sheep Mtn Lodge to Eureka to Lake Louise to Tolsona to Crosswind and back. The 300-mile race will add a 100-mile loop on the Susitna River from Lake Louise on the return trip. There will be a 14-dog limit for all races and a 40 team limit.

There will not be a purse for the race, emphasis will be placed on learning to race and having fun!




UPCOMING IDITAROD EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2 – MARCH 20, 2013

  • Wasilla, Alaska – January 24, 2013 - All events below are open to the media to cover.  These are great opportunities to see mushers and volunteers preparing for the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • Dog Handler Training – Saturday, February 2, 9 AM, Iditarod Headquarters, Wasilla, Mile 2.1 Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla
  • Straw Packaging - Thursday, February 7, 9 AM – 3 PM, Airland Transport, Anchorage
  • Fairbanks Musher Food Drops – Monday, February 11, 9 AM, Airland Transport, Fairbanks
  • Bloodwork, ECG, & Micro-chipping of Iditarod Teams in Soldotna –  Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 10, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Various Kennels – Contact Erin for schedule
  • Bloodwork, ECG, & Micro-chipping of Iditarod Teams in Wasilla –  February 11-13, 15 22-26, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Iditarod Headquarters & Wasilla Vet Clinic, Wasilla – Contact Erin for schedule
  • Bloodwork, ECG, & Micro-chipping of Iditarod Teams in Fairbanks –  February 17 – 20, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Various Kennels – Contact Erin for schedule
  • Anchorage Musher Food Drops – Wednesday, February 13, 10:30 AM – 3 PM AND Thursday, February 14, 9 AM – 3 PM, Airland Transport, Anchorage
  • People Food Sorting – Friday, February 15, 9 AM – 3 PM, Airland Transport, Anchorage
  • Jr. Iditarod Race Start – Saturday, February 23, 10 AM, Knik Lake, Mile 13 Knik Goose Bay Road, Wasilla
  • Jr. Iditarod Race Finish – Sunday, February 24, approx. 10-11 AM, Willow Lake, Willow Community Center, Willow
  • Jr. Iditarod Banquet – Sunday, February 26, 6 PM, Willow Community Center, Willow
  • 2013 Iditarod Winter Conference for Educators – begins Tuesday, February 26 – contact Diane Johnson atdjohnson@iditarod.com for more information
  • Media Briefing – Wednesday, February 27, 3 PM, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
  • Mandatory Musher Meeting – Thursday, February 28, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
  • IditaRider Lunch with Musher - Thursday, February 28, Noon, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
  • Start/Re-Start Meeting with Out of Town Volunteers - Thursday, February 28, 2 PM, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
  • Mushers' Banquet – Thursday, February 28, 5:30 PM, Dena'ina Center, Anchorage (either need pre-approved media credentials or purchased ticket)
  • Dog Handler Training – Friday, March 1, 10 AM & 12:30 PM, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
  • Iditarod Speaker Event - Friday, March 1, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage - – contact Diane Johnson atdjohnson@iditarod.com for more information
  • 2013 Race Start – Saturday, March 2, 10 AM, 4th and D, Anchorage
  • 2013 Race Re-Start – Sunday, March 3, 2 PM, Willow Lake/Willow Community Center, Willow
  • Musher Bib Auction Begins – Monday, March 4, www.iditarod.com
  • Nome Awards Banquet – Sunday, March 17, 3 PM, Nome Recreation Center                                                  
  • (either need pre-approved media credentials or purchased ticket)
  • Volunteer Potluck – Wednesday, March 20, 6 PM, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage
 

Kusko 300 gets underway

2013 Kuskokwim 300 Race Start Times and Schedule of Events:
  • K300 Race Start: Friday, January 18, 2013; 6:30 PM
  • Bogus Creek 150 Race Start: Friday, January 18, 2013; 5:00 PM
  • Akiak Dash Race Start: Saturday, January 19, 2013; 2:00 PM

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Copper Basin 300 has a full field



Posted 01/10/13 Glennallen, Alaska USA - The Copper Basin 300 race starts January 12th, 2013 at 10 am in Glennallen, Alaska in front of the KCAM Radio Station.

A total of 37 mushers have signed up for the annual "Toughest Little Sled Dog Race in Alaska". There are 18 veterans, 3 are past champions and 19 rookies set to challenge the back country of Copper Valley.

Snow conditions are marginal in many areas throughout Alaska, including the trails of the Copper Basin 300. Race officials have been working hard to set up a good trail and reports are it's good to go.

2013 CB300 Mushers:

Cody Strathe, Matt Hall,  Becca Moore, Jim Lanier, Allen Moore, Tony Angelo, Zoya DeNure, Christian Turner,  Lev  Shvarts, Clint Warnke, Robert Bundtzen, Nicolas Petit,  Rob Cooke, Christine Roalofs, Misha Pedersen, Luan Marques, Vern Halter,  Marylin Storey, Tom Schonberger, Brent Sass, Jake Berkowitz., Curt Perno, Markus Ingebretsen, Cindy Abbott, Travis Beals, Mark Walker, Ed Hopkins, Nicholas Guy, Hugh, Neff, Robert Bear, Gerry Willomitzer, Laura Allaway, Dan Kaduce, John Schandelmeier, Michael Suprenant, Jesse Brattrud, Michelle Phillips.

To read more about the race and follow the mushers click here




Suicide Awareness in Alaska, Let's Pull Together!




We can help. Talk about it. Get together in each community. Support each other. Talk to your kids and loved ones. Learn more. Visit http://www.vernstickmansrandteams.com/support.html



2013 IditaRider Musher Auction Closing Soon!

Wasilla, Alaska – Wednesday, January 9, 2013 -  The annual IditaRider Musher Auction, conducted online by the Iditarod TrailCommittee, is set to close next Friday, January 18th starting at noon AST.  Mushers with the highest bids to the lowest bids will close in 5 minute intervals. To place your winning bid to go:  www.iditarodauction.com. 

Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race

Posted 01/01/13 - Due to the most recent weather conditions and the current forecast, we’ve come to the sad conclusion that the risk factors for the dogs, mushers, checkers, fans and all concerned are too high for us to proceed with the 2013 Knik 100 and Knik 200 races. 

The Knik races are entirely volunteer driven, and many, many hours have already been invested by those behind the scenes as well as the mushers and dog teams and so this decision is a hard one to make. We’d like to thank everyone involved and will be offering a full refund to teams that have paid their entry fee.

We’re already working toward next year’s Knik races and hope that weather conditions will be favorable and 2014 will be an exciting year.

Thank you, from the Knik Race Committee.






22 Mushers head for Eagle Village in the Top of the World 350


Mushers, Cindy Abbot, Heidi Sutter and Lance Mackey are
signed up to run the Top of the World 350 Chief Isaac Juneby
Memorial Race


Posted 12/27/12- Twenty two mushers arrived in Tok to honor Chief Isaac Juneby. The Top of the World 350 is a challenging sled dog race in memory of the late Chief Isaac Juneby of Eagle Village, Alaska. 

The Top of the World 350, is a three hundred fifty mile sled dog race from Tok, Alaska to Eagle Village, Alaska and back. The race will start December 27th, 2012 out of Tok, Alaska with a mass start. Teams will travel together in sort of a fun run style into Eagle Village.

On December 28th, there will be a potlatch and traditional dance at the Eagle Village Hall, a ceremony will take place memorializing the late Chief Isaac Juneby. Teams and mushers will overnight in Eagle Village.

The race will re- start December 29th, 2012 from Eagle Village to Tok in two minute intervals with a 4 hour mandatory layover, with time adjustments in Chicken. Race finish will be in Tok. 14 dog maximum. Mushers banquet will take place on December 31st in Tok. 

Follow the race at http://www.topoftheworld350.com




The 2012 Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race Cancelled

Posted 12/10/12 - It is with regret that the organizing committee for the Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race announces that the 2012 race will be cancelled due to insufficient snow. At this time there is not enough snow to safely allow passage of racing sled dog teams. The snowfall that arrived in Southcentral Alaska over the past weekend left less than 1 inch of new snow in the Sheep Mountain area. With only minor snow predicted in the coming week, the decision was made to cancel so that the mushers and race volunteers would have time to make alternate plans.

This is the third time in 9 years of running that the race has been cancelled due to lack of snow, the others being 2007 and 2009. Race director Zack Steer states, “It is unfortunate that mother nature has not cooperated this year. We had a great group of volunteers lined up to put on the race and the local Glacier View community really looks forward to seeing this event happen. There were 60 teams ready to race. Veteran mushers use this race to see how their teams are doing mid-season and rookies use the race to gain experience and possibly qualify for Iditarod. It’s just a really fun event and I hate to have to cancel it, but there really was no other choice. I’m looking into re-scheduling for this spring, possibly after Iditarod in March or April.”

For more information please contact Zack Steer at the numbers below. Zack Steer Race Director Sheep Mountain 150 http://sheepmountain.com/SheepMtn150.php https://www.facebook.com/events/393400700731114/

 

Yes, the 2013 Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race is on!


Photo courtesy of Helen Hegener
UPDATE: 11/28/12
Officially a Qualifier for the Iditarod

Posted 11/07/12
- The Copper Basin 300 sled dog race is scheduled to start on January 12th 2013. The race will start and finish in Glennallen, Alaska.

Inspite of a rocky start this year, race officials have come together as well as the community to make this great event happen.

The 300 mile race is in need of volunteers to help out in all aspects. Judges, veternarians, race organizers, trail breakers, staff at headquarters answering phone calls, trail guards merchandise sales and sponsor opportuntities to name a few.

If you would like to help please email the Copper Basin Race officials and let them know what you are interested in doing. Contact email is copperbasin300@gmail.com

2013 Wyoming Stage Stop Sled Dog Rae Expects a Full Roster

Posted 10/25/12 Jackson, Wyoming –- 2013 The roster for the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), January 25-February 2, 2013, has been filling up briskly, announced Race Director Frank Teasley. Registration deadline for the 18th annual competition is November 15, 2012, with late registration fees applied after that date. Up to 25 international sled dog teams compete for significant purses in the dog-friendly event, which starts out of the Jackson, Wyo., town center each year.

“When news of the new race course spread through the mushing community, my phone started ringing.” said Teasley. “I fully expect to have a full roster.”

Currently 13 teams from Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon and Alberta, Canada, are registered for the 2013 race, which begins in Jackson Hole, then will continue through parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and dip down into Utah before finishing in Wyoming. A complete route is available on the IPSSSDR website at www.wyomingstagestop.org.

Small towns in the states along the race route will host the various stages, celebrating with community activities from meet-the-musher dinners to ice carving and pet parades. Community outreach by the sled dog race as it passes through the participating towns includes food donations to local animal shelters, contributions to health facilities for childhood immunization, and a Jr. Stage Stop for area students with selected kid mushers performing community service to become eligible to race

The IPSSSDR, the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, is the only sled dog race with a course traveling through four states. With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world’s top competitors. Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org; contact the race at 307.734.1163. Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335 ### 2013 IPSSSDR Race Roster as of October 22, 2012 1. Jerry Bath, Wyoming 2. Ryan Redington, Alaska 3. Erin Redington, Alaska 4. Jeff Conn, Alaska 5. Dennis Laboda, Minnesota 6. James Wheeler, Alaska 7. Dave Turner, Colorado, Oregon 8. Tom Thurston, Colorado 9. Ariane Jasmin, Alaska 10. Charlotte Mooney, Montana 11. Aaron Peck, Alberta, Canada 12. Stacey Teasley, Wyoming 13. Alix Pearson, Wyoming


2012 Sheep Mountain 150

Entries for the 2012 Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog Race opened October 1. As of October 5 there are 45 teams signed up to compete. Current musher list is attached. This year’s race will be held the weekend of December 15-16. The race starts and finishes at Sheep Mountain Lodge. There are 2, 5-hour layovers at Eureka Lodge.

For complete information please visit:
Race webpage:
http://sheepmountain.com/SheepMtn150.php

Facebook Event Page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/393400700731114/


  Racing for Life

 



RACING FOR LIFE A Documentary to Raise Rare Disease Awareness
Cindy Abbott is reaching for the unreachable: To become the first woman (and second person) to summit Mt. Everest and complete the 1150-mile Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race: two of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. After 14 years of experiencing the frightening symptoms of a mysterious illness, at the age of 48, and with almost no mountaineering experience, Cindy Abbott decides to climb Mt. Everest. A few months after that fateful decision, she becomes functionally blind in one eye and is subsequently diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare, incurable and life-threatening disease, but her unrelenting will and amazing courage keep her on course as she battled a disease that had turned her own body against her.

Thirty million Americans have rare diseases and on international level there is no scale to measure to numbers affected. Before her climb Cindy became an advocate to raise rare disease awareness for the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) and the Vasculitis Foundation. After fifty-four days of working her way up the mountain, on May 23, 2010, she stood at the top of the world holding a NORD Banner and became the 40th America female to summit Mt. Everest. At age 52 and with no previous dog mushing experience, Cindy decided to take on an even bigger challenge: The Last Great Race on Earth. On November 17, 2011, Cindy stepped onto her first dog-racing sled. She is training with 4-time Iditarod winner and cancer survivor, Lance Mackey to run the 2013 Iditarod Race. Her racing motto is VASCULITIS: Racing for Life. It will be woman and dogs against some of Alaskan’s most extreme conditions as she races toward her next dream. And to make what seems to be an almost impossible goal even more difficult, Cindy lives and works in California and must fly back and forth to Alaska to train and race! Read more...

  Iditarod Mushers Meet & Greet at the Alaska State Fair Wasilla, Alaska

Monday, August 27, 2012 - The Iditarod Trail Committee is proud to be a part of the Alaska State Fair’s Meet & Greet Alaska’s Iditarod Legends on Saturday September 1st, 2012. The event will take place at the Borealis Plaza Tent (next to the Borealis Theater) from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

2004 Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey will be joined by 1978 Iditarod Champion Dick Mackey along with DeeDee Jonrowe, Dan Seavey, Ramey Smyth, Kelley Griffin, Newton Marshall, Scott Janssen, and 2012 Jr Iditarod Champion Conway Seavey to meet race fans attending the fair. The Iditarod Trail Committee will also have some very special Iditarod artifacts on hand from Iditarod’s past that will help visitors get a glimpse of how “The Last Great Race on Earth” has evolved since its early years. This is a great opportunity for race fans of all ages to get up close and personal with these athletes as they share their stories of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. There will also be puppies at this event!


  A challenging 300 mile race in memory of the late Chief Isaac Juneby

Top of the World 300 Sled Dog Race
Posted Aug 23, 2012 - The Top of the World 300, starts December 27th, 2012 out of Tok with a mass start, where teams will travel together in sort of a fun run style into Eagle Village.

On December 28th, with a potlatch and dance at the Eagle Village Hall, a ceremony will take place memorializing the late Chief Isaac Juneby.

Teams and mushers will overnight in Eagle. The official race will start December 29th, 2012 from Eagle Village to Tok in two minute intervals with a 4 hour mandatory layover, with time adjustments in Chicken.

Race finish will be in Tok. 14 dog maximum. $200 entry fee. Mushers banquet will take place on December 31st in Tok. More info and race rules to come.

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The CB300 “The Toughest 300 Miles in Alaska”

The Copper Basin 300 sled dog race is scheduled to start on January 12th 2013. The 300 mile race is in need of volunteers to help out in all aspects. Judges,veternarians, race organizers, trail breakers, staff at headquarters answering phone calls, trail guards merchandise sales and sponsor opportuntities to name a few. If you would like to help please email the Copper Basin Race officials and let them know what you are interested in doing. Contactemail is copperbasin300@gmail.com

Yukon Quest Organization Announces Minimum Purse of $100,000

August 3, 2012 (Fairbanks, Alaska & Whitehorse, Yukon) – The Boards of Directors of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race today announced a minimum purse of $100,000 USD for the 2013 race. The announcement comes in time for 2013 race sign up day scheduled for this Saturday August 4, 2012. Entry packages for mushers interested in the 1000 mile race are available at yukonquest.com or at either Yukon Quest office. “We were hopeful that we could announce a larger minimum purse but it is important to the organization that we are transparent and upfront with mushers and stakeholders,” stated Becky Alexander President of the Alaska Board. “This is an amazing race but costs increase each year and last year we did not meet our sponsorship and fundraising targets. It is also expensive for mushers to run the race and we have committed each year to letting them know by sign up day the minimum purse. Ensuring all expenses from last year are paid and covering the purse are our priorities. If we see an increase in corporate sponsorship and fundraising we will certainly revisit the purse amount.” With the support of funding partners and loyal sponsors the organization and boards are reassessing all costs, expenditures and revenues. While grants make up part of the funds required to operate the race the vast majority of expenses must be raised through corporate sponsorship and fundraising. “This race and its purse rely on support of the business community and the many individuals who give time and money to the race,” said Joost Van Der Putten, President of the Yukon Board. “The economic impact that the event creates in remote communities on both sides of the border as well as in Whitehorse and Fairbanks in winter is significant. I really want to encourage more corporations to support this iconic event. With a fan base that includes people from the around the world and increasing media coverage, race sponsors can benefit even more from the international exposure.” Opening day sign ups this Saturday, August 4th will still be a celebration on both sides of the border with the Alaska team hosting a Fancy Ice Cream Social from 2 - 4 pm and the Yukon team hosting the third annual Volunteer Appreciation Party and BBQ from 3-5 pm. Everyone is invited to these events which give fans, volunteers and mushers a chance to meet and talk about the Yukon Quest. Mushers can sign up in person either at Race Headquarters in Fairbanks from 2 - 4 pm or at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse from 3 -5 pm. An incentive draw will be held on August 10th for all mushers officially entered on or before Opening Day. The draw winner will receive a prize of $1,000 USD.


2013 IDITAROD DRAWS 54 MUSHERS ON FIRST DAY





Wasilla, Alaska - Saturday, June 30, 2012 –  The 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race sign-ups began at 9:00 AM AK Time at the Iditarod Trail Committee Headquarters in Wasilla.  By the end of the first draw deadline at 3:00 PM, 54 mushers had signed up, which included 9 rookies.
 
Current Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod Champions Lance Mackey, Martin Buser, Jeff King, 2011 Champion John Baker, and 2004 Champion Mitch Seavey joined a number of 2012 top ten finishers at Iditarod Headquarters for today’s sign-ups. 
Hundreds of volunteers joined the mushers at the Iditarod Headquarters for the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  Lunch was provided by the Golden Corral.
Cim Smyth and Jeff King won their $3,000 entry fees back in a final drawing that marked the end of the 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.

Below is a list of mushers in order of their draw to be held during the Mushers’ Drawing Banquet, Dena’ina Center, in Anchorage on February 28, 2013

1. Christine Roalofs (Rookie) Anchorage, AK United States 2. Newton Marshall (Veteran) St. Ann Jamaica 3. Ken Anderson (Veteran) Fairbanks, AK United States 4. Michelle Phillips (Veteran) Tagish Yukon Territory 5. DeeDee Jonrowe (Veteran) Willow, AK United States 6. Gerry Wilomitzer (Veteran) Whitehorse Yukon Territory 7. Scott Janssen (Veteran) Anchorage AK United States 8. Pete Kaiser Veteran Bethel AK United States 9. Gerald Sousa Veteran Talkeetna AK United States 10. Jesse Royer ( Veteran) Darby MT United States 11. Michael Suprenant (Veteran ) Chugiak AK United States 12. Kelly Maixner (Veteran) Big Lake AK United States 13. Robert Bundtzen (Veteran) Anchorage AK United States 14 Luan Ramos Marques (Rookie) Willow AK United States 15. Paul Gebhardt (Veteran) Kasilof AK United States 16. Mike Williams Sr. (Veteran) Akiak AK United States 17. Mitch Seavey (Veteran) Sterling Ak United States 18. Bob Chlupach (Veteran) Willow Ak United States 19. Ray Redington Jr. (Veteran) Wasilla AK United States 20. Martin Buser (Veteran) Big Lake AK United States 21. Rudolph Demoski Sr. (Veteran) Wasilla AK United States 22. Jason Mackey (Veteran) Wasilla AK United States 23. Cim Smyth Veteran Big Lake AK United States 24. Susie Rogan (Rookie) Whitehorse Yukon Territory 25. Paige Drobny (Rookie) Fairbanks AK United States 26. Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Rookie) Roros Norway 27. Curt Perano (Veteran) Christchurch New Zealand 28. Angie Taggart (Veteran) Anchorage AK United States 29. Ed Stielstra (Veteran) McMillan MI United States 30. Jan Steves (Veteran) Edmonds WA United States 31. Kristy Berington (Veteran) Kasilof AK United States 32. Jodi Bailey (Veteran) Chatanika
AK United States 33. Jerry Joinson (Rookie) Ft. St. James B.C. Canada 34. Cindy Gallea (Veteran) Wykoff MN United States 35. Jeff King (Veteran) Denali Park AK United States 36. Aliy Zirkle (Veteran) Two Rivers AK United States 37. Travis Beals (Rookie) Seward AK United States 38. Allen Moore (Veteran) Two Rivers AK United States 39. Karin Hendrickson (Veteran) Wasilla AK
United States 40. Mike Ellis (Rookie) Two Rivers AK United States 41. Nicolas Petit (Veteran) Girdwood AK United States 42. Linwood Fiedler (Veteran) Willow AK United States 43. Mike Williams Jr. (Veteran) Akiak AK United States 44. Rohn Buser (Veteran) Big Lake AK United States 45. Ramey Smyth (Veteran) Willow AK United States 46. Lance Mackey (Veteran) Fox AK United States 47. Aaron Burmeister ( Veteran) Nome AK United States 48. Jake Berkowitz (Veteran) Big Lake AK United States. 49. Charley Bejna (Rookie) Addison IL United States 50. Justin Savidis (Veteran) Willow AK United States 51. Dallas Seavey (Veteran) Willow AK United States 52. Anna Berington (Veteran) Kasilof AK United States 53. Kelley Griffin (Veteran0 Wasilla AK United States 54. John Baker (Veteran) Kotzebue AK United States
 
The Iditarod Trail Committee membership also elected John Handeland (Nome, Alaska), Stan Foo (Anchorage, Alaska) and Rick Swenson (Two Rivers, Alaska) to the Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting.  All will serve a three year term.



STORY OF JAMAICA DOGSLED TEAM ANNOUNCED AS AN IBA FINALIST

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One Mush
une 20, 2012 (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) – One Mush: Jamaica’s Dogsled Team, was announced as a finalist in the category of Sports: General by JPX Media Group at The 2012 International Book Awards (IBA) on May 23, 2012. The story of the team and their journey from Jamaica to the world of international dogsled racing was recognized at BookExpo America in New York this past week, and will also be one of the featured titles in USA Book News.
 
Chukka Chairman and founder, Danny Melville with the backing of music legend Jimmy Buffett, started the Jamaica Dogsled Team seven years ago and since then the team’s adventures have been a real testament to the human spirit and a life changing experience for the mushers. These young men became role models in their community and garnered awards, trophies, two films (with one more in the works), and now an internationally recognized book.
 
“This is a great story and we are so pleased that is has been recognized by the IBA,” says team founder Danny Melville. “John Firth, the author, has become a close friend to all of us at the team. Only someone with his experience in the Far North and with dog sledding could have understood the challenges these mushers faced and told their tale so well.”

Firth was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Dawson City and Whitehorse, Yukon. He attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He now makes his home in Whitehorse, Yukon, which is also the finish line for the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

One Mush: Jamaica’s Dogsled team, a story of true determination despite the odds, can be purchased on amazon.com or through the Team’s website at www.jamaicadogsled.com


2013 Yukon Quest Celebrates 30th Year

Just because in the north it's light 24 hours each day and the trees have turned an unfamiliar green doesn't mean that we're not already thinking about sle dog races. Here's some of what's onthe Yukon Quests calendar over the next few months:
  • June 24: It's the Dawg Gone Canoe Race, in Fairbanks!  All teams consist of a "driver”, a “handler”, and a dog.  All breeds are welcome in this race, from huskies to setters and poodles to toy stuffed animals.  It's on the lower Chena River, so you do not need to be an expert paddler. You can find more information and an entry form here.
  • August 4: Don't miss your chance to win $10,000 cash!!! The Yukon Quest Whitehorse office and many local businesses are selling $20 tickets that could pay your next trip to Hawaii or get your two return Air North tickets from Whitehorse to Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary! The draw will take place on the Yukon Quest Sign-up Day - August 4th at the Whitehorse Yukon Quest office. Get your chance to win BIG while supporting our 30th race!
  • August 4: The first day of Yukon Quest 2013 sign-ups in Whitehorse and Fairbanks. Come on down and join the Quest to see who signs up!  The Whitehorse sign-ups will be held at the Yukon Quest office at the White Pass Depot on First Avenue, and the Fairbanks sign-up location will be announced next month.
  • August 15: Don't miss your chance to win a round trip for two by air across the Arctic Circle in the heart of Alaska’s Northland donated by Northern Alaska Tour Company! The Fairbanks office is selling $5 tickets (or 5 for $20!) that could take you to the Arctic Circle. You can also win one of 17 other prizes including a dogsled ride with 2012 Champion Hugh Neff! The raffle will be on August 15th and you need not be present to win. For a full list of prizes go to their website.













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