Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers got good starting positions at last night’s musher’s banquet. All three are starting in the middle, surrounded by good company. Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak is starting in 27th place, Richie Diehl of Aniak starts in 29th, and Peter Kaiser of Bethel is right behind him in 30th. Former champion Martin Buser is right in the middle, the 28th musher to start down the trail.
By tradition there is no competing musher wearing bib No. 1. This year that position goes 2018 Honorary Musher Joseph “Joee” Redington Jr., who died last August. He was the son of Joe Redington, one of the founders of the Iditarod.