Gabe Dunham of Willow is returning to the Iditarod after scratching in 2020. Offloading her food bags for this year’s race is “huge,” she said.
The August Foundation and Light Up the Lead Dogs are both raising money and purchasing gear that will help dogs stick out on dark, multi-use trails.
Sass, who won the 1,000-mile race three times, started his career with a win in the Quest 300 in 2006.
Kaiser, who finished with a full 12-dog team, has finished first or second in every Kusko 300 race over the past decade.
It was Emily Robinson’s longest race, and she set out with no plan to win. But after a dramatic sprint to the finish line, that’s exactly what happened.
Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday they plan to increase their presence on the road following two incidents involving snowmachines and dog teams in a month.
Four other dogs were injured in the collision Friday evening but the musher was not hurt, Alaska State Troopers said.
The veteran musher, who’s also featured on the “Life Below Zero” reality TV show, arrived in Kotzebue at about 8:37 a.m. on Sunday, Richie Diehl was second and Michelle Phillips took third.
It was one of several special awards presented to Iditarod mushers at the finishers banquet in Nome. Here’s a look at who else received honors.
Twenty-nine mushers completed the race from Willow to Nome.
Twenty-nine out of the original field of 33 mushers finished this year’s race. Jason Mackey, brother of the late mushing icon Lance Mackey, was the last to cross the finish line.
A handful of mushers are still continuing their journey along the Norton Sound coast.
The Safety Roadhouse is one of the race’s quirkiest stops, and it marks the beginning of the end of the race trail. For snowmachiners, tourists and mushers, there’s nowhere quite like it.
Less than 70 miles from finishing his first Iditarod, rookie Hunter Keefe spent the night riding out a wicked windstorm in an emergency shelter. It turned out to be the finishing touch on a race Keefe said was a “joyride all the way.”
Eddie Burke Jr. is 2023′s rookie of the year, finishing seventh as a wave of top finishers rolled into Nome. But the last stretch wasn’t much fun for some of them.
Cheering crowds, sunshine and a well-deserved break awaited mushers as they crossed the Iditarod finish line.
“It shows that in some parts of rural Alaska, mushing’s not dying,” said Aniak musher Richie Diehl, who placed third after champion Ryan Redington and second-place finisher Pete Kaiser.
Redington rose to the front of this year’s field of 33 mushers to claim his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory.