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Iditarod 2018 – Day 2

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogThe racing order is starting to sort itself out but you can’t be sure of the actual order until after the 24-hour stop when the start differential is adjusted. Aaron Burmeister has made a significant gain of 45 places while Nicolas Petit is up 43. You have to wait.

Zoya DeNure has scratched at Yentna. They don’t say why but it is probably a puppy problem. Update: It was her health that was questionable.

Tara Cicatello has been at Skwenta since 8AM CST. I wonder if they missed her leaving or scratching. Her team was moving at a respectable 8mph. This is why I have the notice that the standings are official but may not be accurate.

Standings at 9:30PM CST:

Beyond Rainy Pass
1 Jessie Holmes (41)R
2 Richie Diehl (29)
3 Wade Marrs (11)
4 Ryan Redington (7)
5 Nicolas Petit (46)
6 Ray Redington Jr (17)
7 Mitch Seavey (13)
8 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
9 Jessie Royer (36)
10 Aliy Zirkle (31)

11 Linwood Fiedler (8)
12 Peter Kaiser (30)
13 Aaron Burmeister (64)
14 Larry Daugherty (14)
15 Hugh Neff (68)
16 Mats Pettersson (3)
17 Robert Redington (34)
18 Lars Monsen (61)
19 Kelly Maixner (52)
20 Cody Strathe (2)
21 Ketil Reitan (54)
At Rainy Pass
22 Scott Janssen (23)
23 Rick Casillo (9)
24 Michelle Phillips (18)
25 Jeff King (40)
26 Michi Konno (63)R
27 Anna Berington (4)
28 Travis Beals (60)
29 Martin Buser (28)
30 Matt Hall (15)Q
31 Emily Maxwell (58)R
32 Allen Moore (26)
33 Kristy Berington (20)
34 Tom Knolmayer (43)
35 Andy Pohl (12)R
36 Jeff Deeter (45)
37 DeeDee Jonrowe (39)
38 Alan Eischens (53)
39 Katherine Keith (51)
Beyond Finger Lake
40 Ramey Smyth (21)
41 Bradley Farquhar (65)R
42 Charley Bejna (38)
43 Meredith Mapes (16)R
44 Matthew Failor (55)
45 Michael Williams Jr. (27)
46 Brett Bruggeman (37)R
47 Aaron Peck (50)
48 Jim Lanier (32)
49 Rob Cooke (10)
50 Noah Pereira (49)
51 Lev Shvarts (22)
52 Magnus Kaltenborn (6)
53 Shaynee Traska (5)R
54 Marcelle Fressineau (35)
55 Misha Wiljes (19)
56 Monica Zappa (48)
57 Andrew Nolan (56)R
58 Steve Watkins (59)
At Finger Lake
59 Dave Delcourt (57)
60 Anja Radano (24)R
61 Jason Stewart (66)R
62 Scott White (62)
63 Tim Muto (42)R
64 Peter Fleck (67)R
65 Tom Schonberger (25)R
At Skwenta
66 Tara Cicatello (44)R

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.

All posts on the Iditarod can be seen by selecting “Iditarod” from the Category box on the right sidebar or clicking on the Sled Dog graphic.


1 JuanitaM { 03.05.18 at 11:44 am }

Seems like I just blinked and they’re beyond Finger Lake already! This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and look at who all is racing this year. So sad about Hugh Neff’s dog in the Quest. That has to put a damper on this race for him.

On the 24 hour rest, do the mushers get to decide when they take the 24 hour or is it a set location/time? I know that they determine most of their breaks, etc., but I wondered if the 24 hour was different since it’s the one where they “reset” everyone.

2 Bryan { 03.05.18 at 1:39 pm }

There are three breaks and the 24-hour is the one they have the most choice about – it can be at any check point except the last two. They have to take an 8-hour on the Yukon [Anvik to Kaltag, and the final 8-hour at White Mountain. Most teams stop at Takotna, but someone will probably push through to Iditarod to pick up the half-way prize.

Despite the fact that it is a tougher trail with smaller teams, deaths on the Quest are definitely less frequent than the Iditarod. It may just be the larger number of dogs racing,

3 JuanitaM { 03.06.18 at 8:23 pm }

Thanks for the info on the rest times. For some reason, by the time another year rolls around, I can’t remember how that goes. So it’s the White Mountain one where they definitely have to stop for eight hours.

Sorry to hear about Zoya DeNure. Every year I hope to keep up with her on the trail, but every year there seems to be a problem. I wonder how long she can continue to pay for her spot to not get any further. I have always been interested in her team of dogs that she has put together. Such a shame for her.

4 Bryan { 03.06.18 at 9:22 pm }

They are talking about a lot of changes after a series of screw ups by the ITC and all of the dog deaths last year.

They may be experiencing the flu in Alaska which is rare. The cold used to provide protection during the winter, but it isn’t getting cold enough. Zoya is someone I always watch. She has only finished 2 of the 7 races she started.