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Iditarod 2018 – Day 14

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogThe Red Lantern left White Mountain with Jason Stewart at 4:39 AM CDT at the tail end of the final five teams on their way to Nome.

The Red Lantern was out at 2:13:14PM CDT when Magnus Kaltenborn passed under the burled arch in Nome after 12 days 20 hours 13 minutes and 14 seconds of racing.

52 teams finished, 13 teams scratched, and 2 teams were withdrawn for being too slow.

Standings at 2:13:14PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
41 Lev Shvarts (22)
42 Peter Fleck (67)R
43 Jeff Deeter (45)
44 Bradley Farquhar (65)R
45 Misha Wiljes (19)
46 Tim Muto (42)R
47 Dave Delcourt (57)
48 Shaynee Traska (5)R
49 Meredith Mapes (16)R
50 Jason Stewart (66)R
51 Anja Radano (24)R
52 Magnus Kaltenborn (6)Φ

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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March 17, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 14

Iditarod 2018 – Day 13

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogSteve Watkins and Tara Cicatello were withdrawn at Unalakleet passing the Red Lantern to Magnus Kaltenborn. The race marshal invoked Rule 36.

Jim Lanier and Scott Janssen scratched at Safety after calling for assistance outside the checkpoint because of weather conditions that stalled them. Jim felt his personal health was not good enough to care for his team, and Scott stayed out of concern for Jim.

Standings at 10:00PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
21 Hugh Neff (68)
22 Anna Berington (4)
23 Michi Konno (63)R
24 Jeff King (40)
25 Michael Williams Jr. (27)
26 Katherine Keith (51)
27 Rick Casillo (9)
28 Martin Buser (28)
29 Cody Strathe (2)
30 Andrew Nolan (56)R
31 Noah Pereira (49)
32 Tom Knolmayer (43)
33 Emily Maxwell (58)R
34 Aaron Peck (50)
35 Charley Bejna (38)
36 Kristy Berington (20)
37 Andy Pohl (12)R
38 Monica Zappa (48)
39 Brett Bruggeman (37)R
40 Larry Daugherty (14)
41 Lev Shvarts (22)
42 Peter Fleck (67)R
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March 16, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 13

Iditarod 2018 – Day 12

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogThe next 10 finishers showed up overnight and the race has moved to the coast as the Red Lantern left Kaltag.

Rob Cooke gave up his battle with a stomach flu and scratched at Kaltag. He has been fighting it for some time to keep his Siberians on the trail.

Alan Eischens scratched at Koyuk after an arm injury that restricted his ability to care for his team.

Marcelle Fressineau has scratched at Shaktoolik. She left but returned to the checkpoint in the best interests of herself and her team.

Bad News: “At approximately 12:15a.m. today, Blonde, a five-year-old male from the race team of Katherine Keith (bib #51), died at the Koyuk checkpoint. Blonde had been dropped there earlier in the day and was being treated by veterinarians for signs of pneumonia.”

Standings at 9:30PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
11 Matt Hall (15)Q
12 Aaron Burmeister (64)
13 Matthew Failor (55)
14 Ketil Reitan (54)
15 Aliy Zirkle (31)
16 Jessie Royer (36)
17 Kelly Maixner (52)
18 Mats Pettersson (3)
19 Michelle Phillips (18)
20 Lars Monsen (61)
21 Hugh Neff (68)
22 Anna Berington (4)
23 Michi Konno (63)R
24 Jeff King (40)
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March 15, 2018   6 Comments

Iditarod 2018 – Day 11

Iditarod 2018 MapSled Dog Joar made it in at 6:00AM CDT for a total time of 9 days and 12 hours. Nicolas was at Safety when Joar went under the arch.

Jessie Holmes’s 7th place finish is good enough for rookie honors.

Standings at 9:00PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
2 Nicolas Petit (46)
3 Mitch Seavey (13)
4 Ray Redington Jr (17)
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Richie Diehl (29)
7 Jessie Holmes (41)R
8 Ramey Smyth (21)
9 Travis Beals (60)
10 Linwood Fiedler (8)
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March 14, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 11

Iditarod 2018 – Day 10

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogJoar has about about an hour lead over Nicolas. Both of them will be heading for Nome from White Mountain today

Joar’s lead is 3:01 leaving Elim, but he will probably need to rest on the trail to White Mountain.

Joar made it to White Mountain just before 11AM CDT and collected the new prize – $2500 and a Marianne Wieland print. He will head to Nome at about 7PM CDT.

Nicolas lost the trail and his lead between Koyuk and Elim and had to backtrack. There is blowing snow on the trail for that stretch.

Joar has a 3½ hour lead over Nicolas and 5 hours over Mitch. 5PM CDT marks 9 days since the start of racing.

Wade Marrs, Tom Schonberger, and Allen Moore all scratched today. It would appear, in the absence of official information beyond “best interests of the team”, that the mushers are experiencing health problems.

Standings at 9:15PM CDT:

Beyond White Mountain
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
At White Mountain
2 Nicolas Petit (46)
3 Mitch Seavey (13)
4 Ray Redington Jr (17)
Beyond Elim
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Richie Diehl (29)
7 Travis Beals (60)
8 Linwood Fiedler (8)
9 Ramey Smyth (21)
10 Jessie Holmes (41)R
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March 13, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 10

Iditarod 2018 – Day 9

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogThe race is compressed to the Yukon and the coast. Nicolas has a 2½ hour lead on Mitch, so it’s down to rest as both teams seem to be maintaining the same approximate speeds.

Ryan Redington scratched at Kaltag, leaving Ray Jr the only Redington left in the race after an earlier scratch by Robert.

Joar pulled it off and took the lead for the moment at 4:30PM CDT.

Standings at 10:00PM CDT:

Beyond Koyuk
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
2 Nicolas Petit (46)
At Koyuk
3 Mitch Seavey (13)
Beyond Shaktoolik
4 Peter Kaiser (30)
5 Ray Redington Jr (17)
6 Travis Beals (60)
7 Wade Marrs (11)
8 Ramey Smyth (21)
9 Linwood Fiedler (8)
10 Richie Diehl (29)
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March 12, 2018   8 Comments

Iditarod 2018 – Day 8

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogWe are now on Daylight Saving Time and headed for the coast. Joar and Mitch are cutting rest to reduce Nicolas’ lead by an hour. That might work in the short term, but it also reduces rest for the puppies and it’s still a long way to Nome.

By being the first to Kaltag, Nicolas picked up 25 pounds of salmon and $2000. Nicolas is first to the coast.

Standings at 9:00PM CDT:

At Unalakleet
1 Nicolas Petit (46)
Beyond Kaltag
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
3 Mitch Seavey (13)
4 Richie Diehl (29)
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Ray Redington Jr (17)
7 Wade Marrs (11)
8 Matthew Failor (55)
9 Travis Beals (60)
10 Matt Hall (15)Q
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March 11, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 8

Iditarod 2018 – Day 7

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogNicolas has a five hour lead out of Grayling while Mitch and Joar are less than 15 minutes apart.

Because the weather prevented aircraft from landing there the ITC has removed Eagle Island as a checkpoint. It is now a dog drop, but there are no supply drop bags, so Grayling to Kaltag is now the longest run. I guess dropping the supplies at Grayling and ferrying them to Eagle Island was too complicated for the ITC.

Robert Redington scratched at Shageluk “for the good of his team”. He was down to 11 puppies after dropping one at Iditarod. His team may have been suffering from the relatively high temperatures [for sled dogs] in the upper 20s.

Standings at 9:30PM CST:

Beyond Grayling
1 Nicolas Petit (46)
2 Mitch Seavey (13)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
4 Ray Redington Jr (17)
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Richie Diehl (29)
7 Aaron Burmeister (64)
8 Travis Beals (60)
9 Wade Marrs (11)
10 Jessie Royer (36)
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March 10, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 7

Iditarod 2018 – Day 6

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogNicolas Petit is definitely the real leader of the race, but there is a long way to go. Having an hour lead on Mitch Seavey is not anything to make you comfortable.Joar is back on the trail with all 16 puppies rested and ready to race.

Nicholas won first to the Yukon which is a 5 course meal and $3500 in one dollar bills.

Scott White became the third team to scratch. He decided to scratch at Takotna and will run his team back to McGrath to be picked up. He was down to 10 puppies and the trail in front is isolated from civilization.

Standings at 9:30PM CST:

Beyond Grayling
1 Nicolas Petit (46)
At Grayling
2 Mitch Seavey (13)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
Beyond Shageluk
4 Richie Diehl (29)
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Ray Redington Jr (17)
7 Wade Marrs (11)
8 Jessie Royer (36)
9 Linwood Fiedler (8)
10 Aaron Burmeister (64)
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March 9, 2018   2 Comments

Iditarod 2018 – Day 5

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogJoar made it to Iditarod and the Half Way prize and is settling in for a 24 hour+ layover as Nicolas, Mitch, Aaron, and Wade have finished theirs and are back in the race.

It looks like Joar’s bet isn’t going to help him much in the overall race as Nicolas and Mitch showed up while he has time to go on his layover. They can rest for 5 hours and still leave before he can.

Standings at 10:00PM CST:

At Iditarod
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
2 Lars Monsen (61)
3 Nicolas Petit (46)
4 Mitch Seavey (13)
5 Jeff King (40)
6 Larry Daugherty (14)
Beyond Ophir
7 Aaron Burmeister (64)
8 Ray Redington Jr (17)
9 Jessie Royer (36)
10 Aliy Zirkle (31)
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March 8, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 5

Iditarod 2018 – Day 4

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogIt looks like the flu is affecting the race. It is suspected in the early scratches of veterans DeeDee Jonrowe and possibly the cause of zoya DeNure’s early departure. Colds and the flu were rare in Alaska. The cold and isolation tended to keep them at bay. Climate change and global movement have made the spread of disease easier.

It looks like Joar is going for the Halfway money and will take his 24-hour stop at Iditarod.

Standings at 9:00PM CST:

Beyond Ophir
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
2 Lars Monsen (61)
At Ophir
3 Hugh Neff (68)
4 Ketil Reitan (54)
5 Martin Buser (28)
6 Jessie Holmes (41)R
7 Tom Knolmayer (43)
8 Jeff King (40)
9 Anna Berington (4)
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March 7, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 4

Iditarod 2018 – Day 3

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogAbout a third of the teams are beyond the Alaskan Range and beginning to think about their 24-hour stop. The ITC discovered Tara Cicatello in their paperwork so that team is back in the running.

DeeDee Jonrowe has said this is her last Iditarod and she is taking it easy. She may have decided to pick up the Red Lantern. Update: She decided to scratch. She didn’t feel she would be able to care for her puppies with her own health problems. Her vivid pink wardrobe will be missed.

Standings at 9:00PM CST:

Beyond Nikolai
1 Mitch Seavey (13)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
3 Ryan Redington (7)
4 Nicolas Petit (46)
5 Aaron Burmeister (64)
6 Wade Marrs (11)
7 Ray Redington Jr (17)
8 Jessie Royer (36)
9 Aliy Zirkle (31)
10 Linwood Fiedler (8)
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March 6, 2018   6 Comments

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)
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March 5, 2018   4 Comments

Iditarod 2018 – Day 1

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogThe actual racing begins at 2PM AKST [5PM CST] when Cody Strathe leaves the chute in Willow. The other teams will follow at 2 minute intervals. The time differences are adjusted at the mandatory 24-hour stop, i.e. Cody will be required to remain more than 26 hours while Hugh Neff will be the only team staying exactly 24 hours.

At 7:30PM CST everyone is on the trail.

Standings at 9:30PM CST:

Beyond Yentna
1 Cody Strathe (2)
2 Mats Pettersson (3)
3 Anna Berington (4)
At Yentna
4 Ryan Redington (7)
5 Linwood Fiedler (8)
Beyond Willow
6 Shaynee Traska (5)R
7 Magnus Kaltenborn (6)
8 Rick Casillo (9)
9 Rob Cooke (10)
10 Wade Marrs (11)
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March 4, 2018   Comments Off on Iditarod 2018 – Day 1