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Iditarod 2019 – Day 3

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogThings are starting to sort themselves out. Keep in mind that the higher bib numbers started after those with lower numbers and that will be equalized at the 24-hour stop.

Standings at 9:20PM CST:

Beyond Rohn
1 Nicolas Petit (20)
Beyond Rainy Pass
2 Peter Kaiser (9)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
4 Ryan Redington (22)
5 Aliy Zirkle (19)
6 Matt Hall (3)
7 Jessie Holmes (5)
8 Jessie Royer (14)
9 Aaron Burmeister (38)
10 Linwood Fiedler (15)
11 Mitch Seavey (32)
12 Mats Pettersson (4)
13 Richie Diehl (29)
14 Jason Campeau (12)
15 Travis Beals (51)
16 Kristy Berington (26)
17 Anna Berington (10)
18 Wade Marrs (36)
19 Matthew Failor (17)
20 Ramey Smyth (6)
21 Sarah Stokey (52)
22 Paige Drobny (40)

At Rainy Pass
23 Michi Konno (43)
24 Jeff King (23)
25 Lev Shvarts (13)
26 Aaron Peck (47)
27 Brett Bruggeman (35)
28 Martin Buser (21)
29 Jeff Deeter (25)
30 Charley Bejna (31)
31 Richie Beattie (50)Q
32 Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (46)Q
33 Robert Redington (34)
Beyond Finger Lake
34 Shaynee Traska (7)
35 Blair Braverman (11)R
36 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
37 Kristin Bacon (8)
38 Lance Mackey (44)
39 Martin Apayauq Reitan (39)Q
40 Jessica Klejka (24)R
41 Seth Barnes (45)
42 Emily Maxwell (18)
43 Anja Radano (2)
44 Niklas Wikstrand (42)R
45 Marcelle Fressineau (27)
46 Michael Baker (41)
47 Cindy Gallea (53)
At Finger Lake
48 Jeremy Keller (48)
49 Cindy Abbott (16)
50 Alison Lifka (37)R
51 Ryan Santiago (49)R
52 Victoria Hardwick (30)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 { 03.04.19 at 11:47 am }

Funny, I saw a couple of videos on the Iditarod site, and Linwood Fiedler’s dogs were all quiet coming into Finger Lake. Nic Petit’s puppies were howling all the way as they were leaving. lol. Like, “Let’s get this show on the road.”

I noticed that Lance Mackey and Jeff King are in it together again for 2019. They were quite the characters back in the day, but I expect health and age have mellowed them down a bit by now. Wonder what happened to Jason Mackey? Oh, I just looked it up and looks like he was charged with stealing kennels from another musher. “?” Can’t imagine scarring your reputation over a few kennels.

2 Bryan { 03.04.19 at 9:02 pm }

Linwood is a fairly mellow guy while Nick is kind of hyper. It is also dependent on the breed. While most of the teams are called “Alaskan Huskies” they are crossbreeds looking for speed. They inherit characteristics from their ancestors, and the Sibs really enjoy howling. The younger dogs are also generally more likely to howl than the older ones.

Jeff never left, but Lance is back hoping to make a decent showing so he can exit with some dignity.

From the public information it looks like somebody on Jason’s crew thought the kennels were abandoned at the Nome dog yard after the end of the race, and then everyone involved got testosterone poisoning. It never went to trial and Jason replaced the kennels. What actually happened is anybody’s guess.

3 Bryan { 03.05.19 at 10:01 pm }

Update on Linwood: his team escaped after his led hit a stump and it took time and the help of Mats Pettersson to locate the AWOL puppies.

4 JuanitaM { 03.06.19 at 9:55 am }

That must really be a scary situation. The dogs are gone, and he had no idea whether they might get into trouble with tangled harnesses or get hurt. It must be an awful feeling to know that you can’t be there to help your pups. Although the dogs are better able to take care of themselves in the cold than humans under normal circumstances, I would think the harnesses would create a severe danger. If one falls through the ice somewhere, a dog can’t just pull himself out and possibly will pull all the others down with him. Scary.

5 Bryan { 03.06.19 at 1:29 pm }

The pups would have been in real trouble if they hadn’t been found and removed from the underbrush fairly quickly. The harnesses are no different that a snare once they went into the woods for shelter.