Alaska photographer and filmmaker Luc Mehl and eight friends decided to ride fat-tire bikes from McGrath to Anchorage. Growing up in McGrath, Mehl never imaged he’d one day ride a bike all the way to Anchorage, but with the lack of snow this winter it seemed like the perfect conditions for a cycling adventure. The group was welcomed to re-supply their water along the Iditarod Trail Invitational by organizer Kathi Merchant. They traveled on packed snowmachine trails up the Kuskokwim, past Big River and to Nikolai, according to Mehl’s blog. “All of the terrain was familiar to me, flat tundra, black spruce, white spruce, birch stands, marshes, and huge meanders in the Kuskokwim,” says Mehl.
Although the excitement surrounding Dallas Seavey’s win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was clearly Wednesday’s race highlight, throngs of people continued to gather along the finishing chute as the rest of the front-runners arrived in continually-warming temperatures through the afternoon.
The Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery on Resurrection Bay in Seward, AK provides seed stock for the aquatic farm industry, develops seed for new species for aquatic farming, provides seed for shellfish enhancement projects and conducts research. The hatchery is working on geoduck farming in Southcentral Alaska and raising blue king crabs for stocking programs. The hatchery which was built with funds from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill is operated by the Chugach Regional Resource Commission and is owned by the City of Seward.
As late-night partiers flooded onto Front Street, Dallas Seavey’s claimed a third Iditarod championship early Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old's wispy blonde goatee was coated in frost by the 10-degree temperatures as he crossed the finish line at 4:13 a.m. Fans reached out to give the three-time champion high-fives as he neared the finish line. After setting his hook, Seavey stopped to hug each dog individually, then shared hugs with members of the Seavey clan gathered under the bright lights.Upon being congratulated by a bystander, Seavey uttered the words all race-watchers already knew.“We got ‘er done,” he said.Combined with his father's win in 2013, Dallas's win Wednesday gave the Seavey family title to victories in four straight Iditarods. Father Mitch crossed the finish line second at 8:23 a.m., cementing the first one-two Iditarod finish by a parent-child combo. It was also the most lucrative finish in race history -- $128,600 for father and son, plus a new Dodge truck for the youngster.Dallas immediately gave full credit to the dogs."As long as you take care of the dog team and make good decisions, good things will happen,'' he said. "We loved every second of it."READ MORE: Dallas Seavey cruises to third Iditarod crown
NOME -- Behind a strong team of nine champion Alaskan huskies, 28-year-old Dallas Seavey from Willow rolled under the burled arch on Front Street in this fabled gold mining town in the wee hours of Wednesday to seal the deal on a victory in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and put the Seavey stamp solidly on the current era of Alaska dog mushing.With the northern lights flickering overhead, a morning crowd still recovering, or yet to recover, from St. Patrick's Day celebrations the day before gave him a warm welcome as he notched Iditarod win number three.Read more: Dallas, Mitch Seavey cruise to one-two Iditarod finish
Combined with his father's win in 2013, Dallas's win Wednesday gave the Seavey family title to victories in four straight Iditarods and propelled Dallas into rarefied air. Only six other mushers in race history have three or more victories, a list topped by five-time champion Rick Swenson. Seavey gave full credit to the dogs. "As long as you take care of the dog team and make good decisions, good things will happen,'' he said.