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Aniak musher Richie Diehl finishes 11th in the 2019 Iditarod on March 14 at 1:40 a.m. in Nome, Alaska.
Ashley Glasheen Fairbanks

It may have been 1:40 a.m., but there was still an enthusiastic crowd to greet Aniak musher Richie Diehl when he crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome Thursday morning in 11th position with nine dogs.


Last Iditarod Musher Makes It To Coast

Mar 14, 2019
Aliy Zirkle mushing into Nome on March 13, 2019, taking 4th place at 5:26 p.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

By Thursday morning there were a total of 14 Iditarod mushers in Nome. The big news is that for the first time in the race’s history, there are three women in the top 10: Jessie Royer, Aliy Zirkle, and Paige Drobny. All three also finished the race with more dogs in harness than any of the top 10 men. 

Iditarod Top 10 In Tonight

Mar 13, 2019
Fans holding out smartphones at the 2019 Iditarod finish on Nome's Front Street.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

All eyes in Nome are looking for Bib #19. Sled dog musher Aily Zirkle is running to the Iditarod finish line with nothing in her way but wind and snow. She should be in early this evening, sealing a fourth-place Iditarod finish. 

Dozens of fans from Bethel flocked to Nome to cheer on Pete Kaiser to his first Iditarod championship on March 13, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Ron Kaiser, father of Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser, couldn't be more proud. He greeted his son as the Bethel musher pulled beneath Nome's burled arch at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday morning, winning the great 1,000-mile race. KYUK talked with the elder Kaiser Wednesday evening and learned that he hasn't slept since before his son arrived in Nome.


Mushing fans from Bethel (left to right) Ashley Fairbanks Glasheen, Rachel DeHaan, and Madelene Reichard cheer Pete Kaiser on in Nome as he wins the Iditarod Race on March 13, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

If you heard a roar early Wednesday morning, it likely came from Pete Kaiser fans cheering across Alaska. The Bethel musher slid under the burled arch in Nome at 3:49 a.m., pumping his arms overhead in victory as he claimed his first Iditarod championship and became the first person from Bethel and the first musher of Yup'ik heritage to win the race. Fans in Kaiser’s hometown of Bethel were running on a proud, exhausted thrill Wednesday after staying up to watch the historic win.


Pete Kaiser Shares Stories From The Iditarod Trail

Mar 13, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

Pete Kaiser spoke with reporters after winning the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The first half of the discussion was moderated by Andy Angstman, an Iditarod board member and longtime friend of Kaiser’s from Bethel. You’ll hear a few questions from Angstman before it was opened up to reporters, all in front of several dozen fans and supporters there in spite of the early hour.


3:39 A.M. - Peter Kaiser Wins 2019 Iditarod

Mar 13, 2019
Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

“We have a musher on Front Street.” It was in the wee hours of the morning when the call went out on radio station KNOM. Pete Kaiser’s friends and family, who had flown to Nome to see him and his team mush up Front Street, were ready. When they finally saw him they went wild, chanting “Way to Go, Pete!” as the Bethel musher drove his dogs through the falling snow to the Iditarod’s finish line in Nome.


They’re Off! Ayagtut!

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

Pete Kaiser and Joar Leifseth Ulsom are headed down the trail to Safety, with Nome beyond. Kaiser left White Mountain at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, and Leifseth Ulsom followed 41 minutes later. Jessie Royer, who came into White Mountain at 12:40 p.m., will be starting out with her team at around 8:40 p.m. That will be about 4 hours behind the two front runners. 

Rookie Jessica Klejka mushes into the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail on March 7, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Iditarod Rookie Jessica Klejka pulled into the Unalakleet checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail at 2:16 p.m. on Tuesday with 11 dogs. As she fed her team, APRN reporter Zachariah Hughes talked with her about the trail and the race so far. When asked if this was what she expected on her rookie run, Klejka responded, "Nothing prepares you for it." Klejka also describes what Pete Kaiser's win could mean to mushing in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Listen to the full interview here.


Kaiser Versus Leifseth Ulsom To Nome

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

KNOM’s Ben Matheson spoke to both Pete Kaiser and Joar Leifseth Ulsom when they arrived in White Mountain on the Iditarod Trail. The two will be racing for the finish line in Nome this evening.


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