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Iditarod 2017 – Day 7

Iditarod 2017 MapSled DogRyan Anderson (8) scratched at Galena with 10 puppies in harness. This is bad news for Ellen Halverson as she gets back the Red Lantern and she has no need for a third one as she is already in the record book as the only person to receive two.

The preliminary report on the death of the dog Smoke during transport indicates that overheating is the probable cause of death.

Standings at 9:00PM CDT:

Beyond Unalakleet
1 Mitch Seavey (16)
At Unalakleet
2 Wade Marrs (29)
3 Nicolas Petit (24)
4 Dallas Seavey (18)
Beyond Kaltag
5 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (38)
6 Aliy Zirkle (41)
7 Jessie Royer (37)
8 Ray Redington Jr (14)
9 Jason Mackey (64)
10 Mats Pettersson (33)
11 Richie Diehl (21)
12 Peter Kaiser (25)
13 Michelle Phillips (9)
14 John Baker (65)
15 Sebastien Vergnaud (13)R
16 Ralph Johannessen (39)
At Kaltag
17 Paul Gebhardt (57)
18 Katherine Keith (52)
19 Ryan Redington (2)
20 Noah Burmeister (63)
21 Ken Anderson (59)
22 Robert Redington (70)R
23 Scott Smith (69)
24 Hugh Neff (50)
25 Lars Monsen (45)
26 Ramey Smyth (44)
27 Rick Casillo (27)
Beyond Nulato
28 Jeff King (34)
29 Ketil Reitan (11)
30 Hans Gatt (32)
31 Cody Strathe (5)
32 Linwood Fiedler (6)

At Nulato
33 Melissa Stewart (56)
34 Nathan Schroeder (62)
35 Dave Branholm (60)
36 Martin Buser (15)
Beyond Koyukuk
37 Nicolas Vanier (26)R
38 Jodi Bailey (28)
39 Laura Neese (7)Q
At Koyukuk
40 Anna Berington (66)
41 Kristy Berington (73)
42 Seth Barnes (51)
43 Gunnar Johnson (19)
44 Allen Moore (36)
45 Karin Hendrickson (20)
Beyond Huslia
46 Charley Bejna (46)
47 Monica Zappa (58)
48 Geir Idar Hjelvik (54)
49 Zoya DeNure (42)
50 Trent Herbst (67)
51 Larry Daugherty (71)
52 Thomas Rosenbloom (40)R
53 Alan Eischens (35)
54 Justin Stielstra (49)R
55 DeeDee Jonrowe (22)
56 Kristin Bacon (17)
57 Dave Delcourt (72)R
58 Justin High (48)R
59 Joe Carson (12)R
60 Paul Hansen (47)R
61 Misha Wiljes (4)R
62 Matthew Failor (55)
63 Michael Baker (61)R
At Huslia
64 Peter Reuter (53)R
65 Jimmy Lebling (43)R
66 Cindy Abbott (31)
Beyond Galena
67 Roger Lee (10)R
68 Ellen Halverson (30)

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 { 03.12.17 at 4:23 pm }

So sad that there have been two dogs that died! I read that Smoke died on the plane itself as he was being transported, and they are investigating why the plane would have overheated this way.

Just too awful for those teams…

2 Bryan { 03.12.17 at 6:59 pm }

Aircraft heating systems are damn hard to control. They were talking about a large number of dogs, so it must have been a cargo aircraft and not a typical 6-passenger or smaller bush plane. They use waste engine heat, like your car, so it was probably comfortable for people, but too hot for sled dogs. People can take off coats, but the dogs don’t have that option.

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