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Iditarod 2020 – Day 16 & Final

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogAfter everything that’s happen Martin Buser left White Mountain with all 14 puppies that were pulling when he left Willow. Deke and Laura are down to 7 pups. The next challenge will be the trail around Safety and the overflow.

Kaci Murringer blew out the Red Lantern at 3:29.45 CDT finishing after 13 days 22 hours 29 minutes and 45 seconds.

Standings at 3:45PM CDT (12:45PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
(First 20 below the fold)
21 Lance Mackey (12)
22 Jessica Klejka (41)
23 Lev Shvarts (10)
24 Grayson Bruton (51)R
25 Martin Buser (26)
26 Riley Dyche (48)R
27 Magnus Kaltenborn (38)
28 Deke Naaktgeboren (14)Q
29 Dennis Kananowicz (53)
30 Fabio Berlusconi (6)R
31 Monica Zappa (43)
32 Laura Neese (11)
33 Damon Ramaker (52)R
34 Kaci Murringer (57)RΦ
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March 22, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 16 & Final

Iditarod 2020 – Day 15

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogAccording to GPS at 8:15AM CST, veteran musher and former Iditarod winner Martin Buser has left Elim with his ‘puppy team’ [young, rookie dogs] breaking trail for the other 10 teams.

The “Elim 11” are about halfway to White Mountain at 2PM CDT.

Standings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
(First 20 below the fold)
21 Lance Mackey (12)
22 Jessica Klejka (41)
23 Lev Shvarts (10)
At White Mountain
24 Grayson Bruton (51)R
25 Martin Buser (26)
26 Magnus Kaltenborn (38)
27 Riley Dyche (48)R
28 Deke Naaktgeboren (14)Q
29 Fabio Berlusconi (6)R
30 Monica Zappa (43)
31 Dennis Kananowicz (53)
32 Laura Neese (11)
33 Damon Ramaker (52)R
34 Kaci Murringer (57)RΦ
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March 21, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 15

Iditarod 2020 – Day 14

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogRobert Bundtzen (54) scratched at Elim.

Three teams rescued by helicopter near Safety checkpoint: “Very high winds and warm temperatures created deep overflow of water on a section of the trail near Safety. As a result, Sean Underwood, Tom Knolmayer and Matthew Failor requested assistance and were rescued by helicopter.”

Under the Rules all three have scratched. The remaining teams are waiting in Elim until the trail can be re-routed around the overflow.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (7:30PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
(First 20 below the fold)
21 Lance Mackey (12)
22 Jessica Klejka (41)
23 Lev Shvarts (10)

At Elim
24 Riley Dyche (48)R
25 Martin Buser (26)
26 Deke Naaktgeboren (14)Q
27 Monica Zappa (43)
28 Laura Neese (11)
29 Magnus Kaltenborn (38)
30 Grayson Bruton (51)R
31 Fabio Berlusconi (6)R
32 Damon Ramaker (52)R
33 Kaci Murringer (57)R
34 Dennis Kananowicz (53)Φ
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March 20, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 14

Iditarod 2020 – Day 13

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogMille Porsild took Rookie of the Year. Karin Hendrickson (15) scratched at Shaktoolik and Robert Redington (28) scratched at Elim. Nicolas Petit (21) returned to Elim and scratched. The puppies don’t like running into the wind and may simply lay down with their tails to the wind.

Jason Campeau (19) returned to White Mountain and scratched.

There is a Winter Weather advisory out for the Norton Sound with winds up to 45 mph and up to 7 inches of snow. This produces drifting and blowing snow making travel difficult.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (6:30PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
(First 10 below the fold)
11 Ramey Smyth (5)
12 Wade Marrs (7)
13 Michelle Phillips (33)
14 Peter Kaiser (9)
15 Mille Porsild (32)R
16 Jeff Deeter (24)
17 Kelly Maixner (22)
18 Aliy Zirkle (23)
19 Tom Frode Johansen (39)Q
20 Tim Pappas (3)
21 Lance Mackey (12)
22 Jessica Klejka (41)
23 Lev Shvarts (10)
At White Mountain
24 Sean Underwood (46)R
25 Tom Knolmayer (30)
26 Matthew Failor (29)
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March 19, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 13

Iditarod 2020 – Day 12

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogThomas Waerner (40) finished at 00:37:47 AKDT with 10 puppies with a race time of 9 days 10 hours 37 minutes 47 seconds.

Gabe Dunham (17)R, John Schandelmeier (42)Q, and Meredith Mapes (13) scratched at Unalakleet. Quince Mountain (50)R was withdrawn for “a lack of competitiveness” under Rule 36.

Standings at 9:00PM CDT (6:00PM AKDT):

Finished at Nome
1 Thomas Waerner (40)
2 Mitch Seavey (27)
3 Jessie Royer (31)
4 Brent Sass (44)
5 Aaron Burmeister (25)
6 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
7 Paige Drobny (58)
8 Ryan Redington (37)
9 Jessie Holmes (34)
10 Travis Beals (20)
11 Ramey Smyth (5)
12 Wade Marrs (7)
13 Michelle Phillips (33)
14 Peter Kaiser (9)
15 Mille Porsild (32)R
Beyond Safety
16 Jeff Deeter (24)
17 Kelly Maixner (22)
Beyond White Mountain
18 Aliy Zirkle (23)
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March 18, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 12

Iditarod 2020 – Day 11

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogRichie Diehl (16) and Aaron Peck (36) scratched at Unalakleet. Meredith Mapes (13) only has 7 puppies pulling the sled.

Kristy Berington (4) and Anna Berington (18) scratched at Unalakleet and Larry Daugherty (45) scratched at Kaltag.

Standings at 9:00PM CDT (6:00PM AKDT):

Beyond White Mountain
1 Thomas Waerner (40)
At White Mountain
2 Mitch Seavey (27)
3 Jessie Royer (31)
4 Brent Sass (44)
5 Aaron Burmeister (25)
6 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
7 Paige Drobny (58)
8 Ryan Redington (37)
9 Wade Marrs (7)
10 Travis Beals (20)
11 Jessie Holmes (34)
12 Ramey Smyth (5)
Beyond Elim
13 Michelle Phillips (33)
14 Mille Porsild (32)R
15 Peter Kaiser (9)
16 Nicolas Petit (21)
At Elim
17 Jeff Deeter (24)
18 Kelly Maixner (22)
19 Aliy Zirkle (23)
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March 17, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 11

Iditarod 2020 – Day 10

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogThe standings are broken this morning apparently as a result of moving the Shaktoolik checkpoint. Thomas Waerner (40) is nearing Koyuk but no one is shown to be at or beyond the Shaktoolik checkpoint in the standings. According to the GPS Waerner, Sass, and Royer are separated by 10 miles each as they move across the Norton Sound. Once the standings are fixed I’ll post a complete list, which may simply ignore Shaktoolik.

Yep, they are ignoring Shaktoolik. Waerner is first to Koyuk.

At 9PM CDT neither the standings or the GPS are agreeing. I’ll try again tomorrow. One thing they both agree on is that Thomas Waerner is the current leader.

Standings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Koyuk
1 Thomas Waerner (40)
At Koyuk
2 Jessie Royer (31)
3 Aaron Burmeister (25)
4 Wade Marrs (7)
5 Brent Sass (44)
Beyond Unalakleet
6 Mitch Seavey (27)
7 Ryan Redington (37)
8 Travis Beals (20)
9 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
10 Paige Drobny (58)
11 Michelle Phillips (33)
12 Jessie Holmes (34)
13 Aaron Peck (36)
14 Ramey Smyth (5)
15 Lance Mackey (12)
16 Nicolas Petit (21)
17 Peter Kaiser (9)
18 Aliy Zirkle (23)
19 Mille Porsild (32)R
20 Kelly Maixner (22)
21 Jason Campeau (19)
22 Tom Frode Johansen (39)Q
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March 16, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 10

Iditarod 2020 – Day 9

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogMartin Massicotte (2) and Linwood Fiedler (8) scratched at Galena “in the best interest of the team”.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (6:30PM AKDT):

Beyond Unalakleet
1 Thomas Waerner (40)
2 Brent Sass (44)
At Unalakleet
3 Wade Marrs (7)
4 Aaron Burmeister (25)
5 Jessie Royer (31)
6 Mitch Seavey (27)
Beyond Kaltag
7 Ryan Redington (37)
8 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
9 Paige Drobny (58)
10 Michelle Phillips (33)
11 Travis Beals (20)
12 Lance Mackey (12)
13 Aaron Peck (36)
14 Jessie Holmes (34)
15 Richie Diehl (16)
16 Peter Kaiser (9)
17 Ramey Smyth (5)
18 Mille Porsild (32)R
19 Kelly Maixner (22)
20 Nicolas Petit (21)
21 Aliy Zirkle (23)
22 Tom Frode Johansen (39)Q
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March 15, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 9

Iditarod 2020 – Day 8

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 8:00PM CDT (5:00PM AKDT):

At Kaltag
1 Jessie Royer (31)
2 Brent Sass (44)
Beyond Nulato
3 Thomas Waerner (40)
4 Peter Kaiser (9)
5 Aaron Burmeister (25)
6 Wade Marrs (7)
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
8 Ryan Redington (37)
At Nulato
9 Richie Diehl (16)
10 Paige Drobny (58)
11 Mitch Seavey (27)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Lance Mackey (12)
14 Kelly Maixner (22)
Beyond Galena
15 Jason Campeau (19)
16 Aaron Peck (36)
17 Mille Porsild (32)R
18 Travis Beals (20)
19 Ramey Smyth (5)
20 Jessie Holmes (34)
21 Aliy Zirkle (23)
22 Nicolas Petit (21)
23 Tom Frode Johansen (39)Q
24 Martin Massicotte (2)Q
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March 14, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 8

Iditarod 2020 – Day 7

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogJeremy Keller (47) scratched at Nikolai for personal reasons. He will be mushing back to Willow.

One of Nome’s councilmen asked people to not come to Nome for the finish of the Iditarod.

Nils Hahn (56) & Alan Eischens (49) scratched at McGrath. Everyone has finished their 24-hour stop.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (6:30PM AKDT):

At Galena
1 Jessie Royer (31)
Beyond Ruby
2 Brent Sass (44)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
4 Richie Diehl (16)
5 Ryan Redington (37)
6 Peter Kaiser (9)
7 Paige Drobny (58)
8 Lance Mackey (12)
9 Thomas Waerner (40)
10 Aaron Burmeister (25)
At Ruby
11 Wade Marrs (7)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Mille Porsild (32)R
14 Jason Campeau (19)
15 Travis Beals (20)
16 Mitch Seavey (27)
17 Aaron Peck (36)
18 Ramey Smyth (5)
19 Linwood Fiedler (8)
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March 13, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 7

Iditarod 2020 – Day 6

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 9:00PM CDT (6:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Cripple
1 Jessie Royer (31)
2 Aaron Burmeister (25)
At Cripple
3 Brent Sass (44)
4 Michelle Phillips (33)
5 Lance Mackey (12)
6 Paige Drobny (58)
7 Mitch Seavey (27)
8 Kelly Maixner (22)
9 Aliy Zirkle (23)
10 Thomas Waerner (40)
11 Richie Diehl (16)
12 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
13 Ryan Redington (37)
14 Wade Marrs (7)
Beyond Ophir
15 Peter Kaiser (9)
16 Jessie Holmes (34)
17 Aaron Peck (36)
18 Matthew Failor (29)
19 Jason Campeau (19)
20 Tim Pappas (3)
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March 12, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 6

Iditarod 2020 – Day 5

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogJim Lanier (55) scratched at Rainy Pass. He was not feeling good.

Many teams will take their 24-hour rest starting today. Takotna is a favorite for the stop.

Standings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Ophir
1 Paige Drobny (58)
2 Michelle Phillips (33)
3 Mitch Seavey (27)
4 Brent Sass (44)
5 Lance Mackey (12)
6 Kelly Maixner (22)
At Ophir
7 Travis Beals (20)
8 Aliy Zirkle (23)
Beyond Takotna
9 Tom Knolmayer (30)
At Takotna
10 Jessie Royer (31)
11 Richie Diehl (16)
12 Aaron Burmeister (25)
13 Thomas Waerner (40)
14 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
15 Ryan Redington (37)
16 Peter Kaiser (9)
17 Jessie Holmes (34)
18 Matthew Failor (29)
19 Aaron Peck (36)
20 Ramey Smyth (5)
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March 11, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 5

Iditarod 2020 – Day 4

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Nikolai
1 Brent Sass (44)
2 Richie Diehl (16)
3 Jessie Royer (31)
4 Wade Marrs (7)
5 Thomas Waerner (40)
At Nikolai
6 Travis Beals (20)
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
8 Aaron Burmeister (25)
9 Peter Kaiser (9)
10 Lance Mackey (12)
11 Ryan Redington (37)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Paige Drobny (58)
14 Mitch Seavey (27)
15 Matthew Failor (29)
16 Ramey Smyth (5)
17 Tim Pappas (3)
18 Aaron Peck (36)
19 Mille Porsild (32)R
20 Jason Campeau (19)
21 Jessie Holmes (34)
22 Aliy Zirkle (23)
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March 10, 2020   Comments Off on Iditarod 2020 – Day 4

This And That On The Trail

Jim Lanier (55) is back in the race at 79 years of age. He is definitely the oldest musher out there.

Two entrants had to find replacements for their teams. Veteran musher and former winner of both the Quest and the Iditarod, Jeff King, had emergency surgery last week and had to hand his team over to Sean Underwood (46). One of my favorites, Zoya DeNure, came down with something and after finishing the parade had to hand her team to her husband, John Schandelmeier (42). While the Iditarod considers John a rookie, he won the Quest twice, and writes about mushing for the Anchorage Daily News. Zoya’s team is always made up of “rescues, rejects, and runts” and Zoya wouldn’t want to disappoint them by not letting them race.

March 9, 2020   4 Comments