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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

Yukon Quest

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

38 years of amazing Iditarod art - thank you Jon Van Zyle

Both the official 2014 Iditarod print and Iditarod poster are available from the official Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle at www.jonvanzyle.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

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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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Venture along on the YUKON QUEST with KUAC FM

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

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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

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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.

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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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