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End Game

Update: via IditaBlog I clocked Lance Mackey (47) under the arch at Nome at 2:39PM CDT.  It would have been sooner, but he stopped on the ice just outside of town to give all the dogs a good rubbing and scratching.

1 Lance Mackey (47) – left Safety at 11:48AM CDT, 22 miles from the finish.
2 Sebastian Schnuelle (34) – left White Mountain at 11:56AM CDT.
3 John Baker (44) – left White Mountain at 12:24PM CDT.

4 Aaron Burmeister (56) – arrived at White Mountain at 1:26PM CDT [8-hour mandatory stop].
5 Mitch Seavey (21) – arrived at White Mountain at 1:30PM CDT [8-hour mandatory stop].

6 Dallas Seavey (62) – left Elim at 6:19AM CDT.
7 Cim Smyth (37) – left Elim at 7:03AM CDT.
8 Jessie Royer (17) – left Elim at 7:38AM CDT.
9 Ramey Smyth (16) – left Elim at 7:40AM CDT.

10 Ed Iten (4) – arrived at Elim at 11:29AM CDT.

Jeff Holt (68), whose dog, Victor,died earlier in the race, has scratched outside of Grayling.

The ADN has a piece on musher Lou Packer (43): Ordeal leaves musher grieving. Dr. Packer had two dogs, Dizzy and Grasshopper, die in the ordeal outside of Iditarod.

March 18, 2009   4 Comments

Race Day 11 – Iditarod

Iditarod mapLance Mackey (47) has been resting during the 8-hour mandatory stop in White Mountain since 9:05PM CDT. He can have lunch in Nome, if he wants to.

Sebastian Schnuelle (34) and John Baker (44) left Elim a little after 4PM, so they could be in Nome Wednesday night.

The traffic for Thursday is not going to be much heavier.

Jessie Royer (17) must have a leader that enjoys sticking her/his head out the window of airplanes because she has been tearing up the trail while everyone else is burrowing. She roared in Koyuk at near 9½ mph, and left with a two hour stop.

ADN says that the Wednesday weather will be as bad as Iditarod racers face another day of brutal wind.

There have been a bit over a half dozen teams that have leapt up the rankings. They obviously have dogs that don’t mind the wind.

As Josh Rogers at Iditablog points out, even seasoned veterans like Jeff King (41) and Hans Gatt (25) can’t move when the dogs don’t want to go.

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March 18, 2009   2 Comments