For more than a week, mushers and their sled dogs have raced hundred of miles through Alaska in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The Daily News asked 10 mushers what they liked to eat during their 1,000-mile journeys to Nome.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. Ester musher Paige Drobny said her favorite trail snacks are probably miniature York Peppermint Patties.
“It’s a little bit of chocolate and then the mint makes you feel a little cleaner and fresher than you really are,” she said at the Eagle Island checkpoint.
2. Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle likes peanut butter, banana and rolled oat bars that a friend in Anchorage makes. The bars also include sesame seeds, honey, coconut oil and a bunch of other ingredients, she said. They’re easy and they don’t freeze solid.
Generally, Zirkle said, she’s not a great eater on the trail.
“Flavor makes no difference to me on the race,” she said in Shageluk. “I’m just trying to get calories and maybe some electrolytes.”
3. Mats Pettersson is running on pasta.
The Swedish musher and his sled dogs fly to Alaska before the Iditarod and stay in Willow. He said he went to a local restaurant for lunch and the food was good, so he asked for 15 orders of pasta to take with him on the trail — five with Alfredo sauce, five with a meat sauce and five portions of lasagna.
“See, I have variation,” he said in Shageluk.
4. Willow musher Matthew Failor said he’s really into “chicken bakes” from Costco. It’s a roll filled with chicken and “yummy goodness.”
“I don’t even know what it is,” he said in Shageluk. “It’s delicious.”
He sends one to about every checkpoint in a vacuum-sealed bag.
It’s a “hearty and fattening” food, he said, that he has yet to get sick of.
5. Ryan Redington is snacking on chocolate.
Two classrooms of students are following him on the Iditarod Trail, said the musher, who lives in Skagway. The students sent him snacks and notes for the race.
In Shageluk, he had a plastic bag filled with six pieces of candy, peanuts and a piece of paper decorated with two paw prints that read: “Come on Ryan! You’re halfway!”
6. Knik musher Jeremy Keller likes to eat a spicy Thai soup with fried tofu on the trail. It’s from a restaurant in Wasilla. It costs him $11 to make two meals with rice, he said.
He had the soup waiting for him in his supply bags at four checkpoints along the trail. But, he said, he didn’t know which ones.
“It’s a fantastic surprise,” Keller said in Rohn.
7. Wisconsin musher Blair Braverman said she had offered someone her extra food at the Rohn checkpoint and realized all the snacks were made of cheese.
Her favorite? “Individual frozen cheesecakes are my biggie this year,” she said.
8. Two Rivers musher Matt Hall ate (well, drank) razor clam chowder at the Eagle Island checkpoint.
Sometimes on the trail, he said, it’s hard to have an appetite but “I can always eat one of these.”
9. Ryan Santiago said he tries to eat healthy on the trail.
‘I’m very anal about my diet,” said Santiago, who’s running a team of younger dogs for three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey.
That meant Santiago was eating trail mix with pumpkin seeds, goji berries, prunes and more during the race. He also sent out meals to checkpoints such as halibut with a basil pesto sauce and noodles made from vegetables, he said in Rohn.
10. Talkeetna musher Anja Radano likes to snack on chocolate-covered coffee beans, salami slices and cheese curds.
She also brings pouches of applesauce, she said in Rohn, “because they thaw out really quick.”