Wow, what a night this has been. Dallas Seavey crossed the finish line in Nome 2 minutes ahead of Aliy Zirkle at 4.04 a.m. And that after leaving White Mountain in 3rd place 2 hrs and 46 minute behind the at the time race leader, Jeff King. Dallas finished in a record time of 8 days 14 hours and 9 Minutes!
Race leader Aliy Zirkle had a two-hour lead out of Kaltag on Saturday and became the first musher into Unalakleet on the west coast of Alaska. She made the checkpoint late Saturday afternoon, 52 minutes ahead of Martin Buser, four time Iditarod winner.
Blog post from Joe Runyan:
A brief note on the trail ahead to Shaktoolik. The trail, while barren, is useable. A descent from a mountain portage onto the ice leading to shaktoolik is brushy, but trail breakers are at the moment cutting brush which would normally be buried under snow. Further, the trail to Shaktoolik to Koyuk has been modified. Normally, the trail would cut directly across the sea ice on Norton sound but this year at has been directed in a huge curve to follow the shore on bare ground. I just talked to a local and he said it was rough going to be rough going overland to Shaktoolik and on the shore trail to Koyuk.
Jan Steves of Edmonds, Wash., joined the growing list of mushers dropping out of the Iditarod.
Steves scratched Tuesday afternoon at Rainy Pass, bringing the number of scratches to eight.
Seven mushers have officially scratched. An eighth musher, Jake Berkowitz, is also out of the race but stranded in the Farewell Burn with a broken sled, according to reports on his kennel’s Facebook page.
The most recent post by Apex Kennels is that the Iditarod is sending two airplanes to rescue Berkowitz. It said Berkowitz, his dogs and his sled will be flown to McGrath.
Berkowitz is the only musher whose race ended either in the Burn or because of the Burn. The other seven — DeeDee Jonrowe, Jim Lanier, Lindwood Fiedler, Mike Santos, Gus Guenther, Cindy Gallea and Steves — scratched before the long stretch of snow-free trail between Rohn and Nikolai.
All but one of the scratches happened Tuesday. Gallea stopped her race Monday, saying she was too sick to continue.
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/03/04/3357237/lanier-jonrowe-among-several-mushers.html#storylink=cpy
The 2014 Iditarod in underway. The sled dog teams raced away today in warm weather. The trail conditions are considered poor in some areas due to a limited amount of snow. Course workers have made the trail passable, but certainly less then ideal.
The first 350 miles of trail from Willow to McGrath include open water and bare ground in several spots. Here’s hoping for snow.
Obama, who is currently in Hawaii on vacation, that will reportedly last until Jan. 5th, 2014. He took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.
He took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.
I guess Camp David isn’t good enough for him… He just spent millions of taxpayer dollars on himself, yet again…