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Iditarod Victory Likely For Leading Norwegian Musher

Mar 17, 2020
Ben Matheson

Thomas Waerner left White Mountain at 1:35 p.m. on March 17, and is well on his way down the trail to Nome. He has all but won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race because his nearest challenger, Mitch Seavey, mushed into the White Mountain checkpoint at 10:49 a.m. Seavey has a mandatory eight-hour layover, and will have to wait until 6:49 p.m. before he can head out on the 77 miles of trail leading to the finish line in Nome. 

Waerner Leaves For Safety And Nome This Afternoon

Mar 17, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Thomas Waerner, the Norwegian musher leading the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, will have to wait till 2 p.m. on March 17 to head back out on the trail to Nome. He arrived at the White Mountain checkpoint at 5:30 a.m. with a huge lead to start his mandated eight-hour rest. Mitch Seavey, who has worked his way past 12 teams to lead the chase pack, drove into White Mountain at a bit before 11 a.m. That’s five hours after Waerner's arrival. Jessie Royer is just a few miles behind Seavey.

Emily Hofstadter

He’s not in Nome yet, but Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner had a huge lead when he arrived in White mountain at 6 a.m. on March 17. He pulled into the checkpoint with a team of 12 dogs to begin the last mandatory eight-hour rest in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Warner started his run around Norton Sound in Unalakleet with a five-hour lead which has not shrunk. He left Elim five hours ahead of Mitch Seavey, who is leading the chase pack. Waerner can get back on the trail this afternoon at 2 p.m, and is expected to cross the finish line in Nome on the morning of Wednesday, March 18.

No Camping In K300 Race

Mar 17, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 has become the latest Bethel organization to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by changing the way it operates. The organization is shutting down its pull-tab booth at the Alaska Commercial Company store until March 31. The booth attracts a lot of people, and the K300 board has decided to close it temporarily in the interest of keeping the community healthy.

Diehl Scratches

Mar 16, 2020
Ben Matheson

Richie Diehl has gone home to Aniak. Diehl scratched from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race on March 16 when his dogs refused to get back on the trail in Unalakleet. His team, which was running near the front of the pack during the beginning of the race, started to balk after they took an eight-hour rest on the Yukon River. Diehl managed to get the dogs going by taking it slow and giving them more rest. But by the time the team got to the coast, both he and the dogs had had enough.

Dog Troubles Hold Diehl In Unalakleet

Mar 16, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Something is wrong with Richie Diehl’s sled dogs. He checked into Unalakleet at 1:30 a.m. on March 16, a half hour after Bethel’s Pete Kaiser. Kaiser took a five-and-a-half-hour rest, and left the checkpoint at 7 a.m. to head around Norton Sound and across the ice to Koyuk. By noon, he was close to Shaktoolik. Diehl stayed put. His team appears hesitant to get back on the trail. 

Zachariah Hughes

As of Monday morning, March 16, in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Thomas Waerner is out on the Norton Sound ice approaching Koyuk. About 15 miles behind him is Brent Sass, followed by Jessie Royer, Aaron Burmeister, and others. There are more than a dozen teams out of Unalakleet this morning, including Bethel's Pete Kaiser, making their way along the coastline to the next official checkpoint in Koyuk. 

Y-K Delta Teams Fall To Middle Of Pack

Mar 15, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Jessica Klejka is the last Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta musher to leave the Yukon River. She is just about to enter Kaltag, the last checkpoint before the trail runs over a pass to the coast of the Bering Sea. 

The two other local teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are ahead of her, still on their way to the coast. Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl are mushing together about 65 miles away from Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on Norton Sound. 

First Dog Team Arrives On The Coast

Mar 15, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

The Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner has lengthened his lead in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He came into Unalakleet on Norton Sound a little after 10 a.m. on March 15 with more than a 30-mile lead over the rest of the pack. Nineteen sled dog teams are behind him on the trail from the Yukon River to the coast this afternoon, led by Wade Marrs and Jessie Royer. 

Zachariah Hughes

This morning there are 13 teams on the way from the Yukon River to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint the coast. Thomas Warner is breaking trail on the 85-mile overland run.  

The two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers that have been among the front-runners in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race are still on the river back in Kaltag. The two have not left for different reasons. Bethel’s Pete Kaiser was the first of the two to arrive on March 14 at 6:16 p.m. with his eight-hour required rest in front of him. Over twelve hours later on Sunday, March 15, he is still at the checkpoint.  

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