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Iditarod 2017 – Day 8

Iditarod 2017 MapSled Dog Dallas and Mitch are leading, but they are doing it on rest. When Wade is on the trail he has the fastest team. It is going to be interesting as they head around the Norton Sound.

In the awards department Mitch Seavey scored $2000 and 25 pounds of salmon for being first into Kaltag, while Wade Marrs made $3500 in gold for being first to the ‘Gold Coast’ at Unalakleet.

Dave Branholm (60) has scratched at Kaltag.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT:

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

At Unalakleet
32 Ketil Reitan (11)
33 Martin Buser (15)
34 Nathan Schroeder (62)
35 Jodi Bailey (28)
Beyond Kaltag
36 Melissa Stewart (56)
37 Kristy Berington (73)
38 Anna Berington (66)
39 Nicolas Vanier (26)R
40 Allen Moore (36)
41 Karin Hendrickson (20)
42 Seth Barnes (51)
43 Gunnar Johnson (19)
44 Laura Neese (7)Q
45 Charley Bejna (46)
At Kaltag
46 Monica Zappa (58)
47 Dave Delcourt (72)R
48 Geir Idar Hjelvik (54)
49 DeeDee Jonrowe (22)
50 Larry Daugherty (71)
51 Thomas Rosenbloom (40)R
52 Justin High (48)R
Beyond Nulato
53 Justin Stielstra (49)R
54 Trent Herbst (67)
55 Alan Eischens (35)
56 Joe Carson (12)R
57 Kristin Bacon (17)
58 Zoya DeNure (42)
59 Misha Wiljes (4)R
60 Matthew Failor (55)
61 Michael Baker (61)R
Beyond Koyukuk
62 Jimmy Lebling (43)R
At Koyukuk
63 Paul Hansen (47)R
64 Peter Reuter (53)R
Beyond Huslia
65 Roger Lee (10)R
66 Cindy Abbott (31)
67 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 { 03.13.17 at 10:29 pm }

Too bad about Branholm. I grew up in North Carolina, and Branholm did as well. Did you hear what happened on that? I’ll have to poke around and see what I can find.

Bet the dogs appreciate the 25 lbs of salmon. That’s a lot of salmon under most circumstances, but I expect a team will go through that fairly quickly.

Nice to see Aliy and Jessie in the top 10 at this point, but I’m surprised to see Hugh Neff not up there. It’s not often that he’s out of the top 5 even. Caught a comical photo of Hugh and one of his dogs: Hugh & dogs Dog looks more like he passed out than fell asleep. The other dog is so dang tired, he doesn’t even care that there’s a dog laying on his head.

2 JuanitaM { 03.13.17 at 10:54 pm }

Just realized my links to the photo didn’t work, so I’m trying this again. :-/

Hugh & dogs

3 Bryan { 03.14.17 at 10:51 am }

The salmon was filets to be picked up later, although the puppies do get a lot of salmon because of the high oil content.

No mention of why and I just hit my limit at Alaska Dispatch. I’ll have to turn on my XP box to look for more.

Both versions of the links work for me, and the pups look totally tuckered out. The scene is normally associated with after Thanksgiving dinner when the L-tryptophan kicks in. I think he’s running a puppy team and doesn’t want to push them.

This is Jessie’s first Quest/Iditarod double and she is really taking to it, but she will be ready for time off at the end.

Zoya and her crew of rescues, rejects & runts are still cruising, but Ellen Halverson is fading, I would like to see Ellen finished but I think she would rather scratch than get a third Red Lantern. Only about 750 people have finished an Iditarod, so even finishing last is an accomplishment.

4 JuanitaM { 03.14.17 at 3:21 pm }

“…when the L-tryptophan kicks in”

Yassss, that’s what it looks like. Lol. Hugh is sleeping sitting up which is something that I’ve never figured out how to do. Then again, I’ve never tried a 1000 mile race through Alaska either.

Just looked out the window as I’m typing and it’s (notice that I managed the correct version this time) spitting snow again. The same window is showing a direct view of two wild cherry trees in full bloom…sigh. What a world.

Just checked the stats and Ellen did scratch which is probably the best decision for her. I have to admire her determination each year though, and I’d be more than proud to have a Red Lantern at all.

So hope that Zoya can finish this year. I would like to see the “rejects” being competitive.

5 Bryan { 03.14.17 at 4:54 pm }

I sleep on airplanes. I hit the seat, buckle in, and cue Morpheus. When you fly forty-hour missions you learn how to grab sleep whenever you can. Linwood Fielder isn’t the only musher to fall asleep standing on the runners.

My family south of Lake Ontario will be shoveling for a while, or watching others shovel in my brother’s case.

They would have dropped her because she is so far back. The Quest will let you continue, but not the Iditarod. As long as her puppies are happy Zoya will let them run. She is really careful about care because they are ‘special needs’ dogs.

I have been loading a new version of the WordPress software and Windows 10 interrupted when the process was almost done. I have been able to do anything for over an hour, so I missed Ellen’s scratch.