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Iditarod XL Day 2

Iditarod XL MapThings are starting to sort themselves out this morning as the major contenders move to the front before the ‘carnival ride’ between Finger Lake and Nikolai – the most “interesting” part of the race.

Aliy made the run from Rainy Pass to Rohn at better than 12mph, but it is all downhill. The standings are listing the speed at 19.65mph, but that’s a mistake. [She made 48 miles in less than 4 hours]. She made it to Rohn 11 minutes after Hugh, but left Rainy Pass 30 minutes after he did. Her puppies want to run. [Note: She will stop on the trail and camp within a couple of hours to feed and rest the dogs. When they work, they eat – a lot.]

At 11:30PM CST:

Beyond Rohn
1 Aliy Zirkle (14)
At Rohn
2 Hugh Neff (27)
3 Ray Redington Jr (2)
4 Lance Mackey (18)
5 Aaron Burmeister (44)
6 John Baker (11)
7 Kelley Griffin (20)
8 Jeff King (10)
9 Paul Gebhardt (25)
Beyond Rainy Pass
10 Rick Swenson (60)
11 Nicolas Petit (9)
12 Jim Lanier (3)
13 Cim Smyth (8)
14 Sonny Lindner (59)
15 Mitch Seavey (35)
16 Anjanette Steer (32)R
17 Michael Williams Jr (51)
18 Peter Kaiser (28)
19 DeeDee Jonrowe (17)
20 Jake Berkowitz (29)

21 Sigrid Ekran (24)
22 Bruce Linton (36)
23 Jodi Bailey (6)
24 Josh Cadzow (55)Q
25 Gerry Willomitzer (23)
26 Ramey Smyth (21)
27 Michelle Phillips (26)
28 Colleen Robertia (42)
29 Brent Sass (50)Q
30 Wade Marrs (7)
31 Dallas Seavey (34)
32 Tom Thurston (5)
33 Ryan Redington (67)
34 Scott Janssen (37)
35 Justin Savidis (38)
36 William Pinkham (4)
37 Ken Anderson (39)
38 Martin Buser (41)
39 Karin Hendrickson (43)
40 Kelly Maixner (12)
41 Rohn Buser (62)
At Rainy Pass
42 Gerald Sousa (58)
43 Trent Herbst (16)
44 Zoya DeNure (53)
45 Braxton Peterson (63)R
46 Ed Stielstra (45)
47 Curt Perano (61)R
48 Mike Santos (22)R
49 Ryne Olson (46)R
50 Travis Cooper(19)R
51 Anna Berington (33)R
52 Kristy Berington (31)
Beyond Finger Lake
53 Lachlan Clarke (66)
54 Michael Suprenant (13)
55 Pat Moon (15)R
56 Hank Debruin (48)Q
57 Karen Ramstead (56)
58 Jaimee Kinzer (30)R
59 Matt Giblin (52)
60 Art Church Jr (64)
61 Kirk Barnum (47)
At Finger Lake
62 Silvia Furtwдngler (54)R
63 Bob Chlupach (49)
64 Jan Steves (40)R
65 Matt Failor (57)R
66 Dan Seavey (65)

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Iditarod, while italics indicates Yukon Quest winners. The numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers. The small “R” indicates a total rookie, while the small “Q” indicates an Iditarod rookie who has completed a Yukon Quest.

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.
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1 JuanitaM { 03.05.12 at 6:45 pm }

Checked the standings, and no one is in Rohn yet. Sure would like to see Aliy stay in the top 5, but there’s a looooong way to go.

So far, I don’t see anyone out of the race. There’s usually a few that falls out in this leg of it. I’m cheap or I’d spring for an Insider membership. Ha!

2 Bryan { 03.05.12 at 8:13 pm }

They are too greedy for their own good. They want you to pay for everything, when a lot of their expenses are covered by volunteers and tax money. The Quest is a lot friendlier.

Aliy has the team, and knows it. It fought off Hugh Neff for all of the last five miles of the Quest with Allen riding the runners.

I see that Colleen has her ‘3Rs’ in the top 20.

Things finally dried out after a ‘gopher wood and cubits’ Saturday, so I’ve been busy. It is shaping up the way I thought it would. John Baker will continue to edge up as he maintains his pace. The race ends where he trains his puppies, so they are going home, unlike most of the dogs in the race.

3 JuanitaM { 03.06.12 at 6:52 am }

‘gopher wood and cubits’
🙂 Like that!

I saw also that Colleen is running Penny again this year. What a great dog she is. All 30 pounds of her!

4 JuanitaM { 03.06.12 at 7:08 am }

Oh, and I see Aliy left Rohn first. I know that doesn’t mean much at this stage, but still it’s great to see her up at that #1 position.

Got a lot of old timers in the top 10 so far, too, which is not surprising.

5 Bryan { 03.06.12 at 11:01 am }

Like Colleen has said in the past, enthusiasm is important for a team. Having a dog who is excited about running keeps the other dogs from drifting off and getting bored when they are maintaining a good trot. “Cheerleading” is more important to a dog team than a football team.

Aliy is running the times and deserves to be up front. She has been consistently faster than Hugh or Lance. This is the team that almost won the Quest, so they can go 1000 miles, and they can certainly win with a lighter musher.

It’s all down to Aliy’s run-rest schedule, and Allen had a good one for the Quest.