Mike and his Team are into Koyuk. Looking at the Leaderboard, Mike had a very impressive run into Koyuk. Mike trained on nothing but glare ice and the very same windy conditions that this trail had in store. It obviously paid off! Way to go Mike!
This is revision 2 of the Finish Guestimate, again based on the 2011 Record run.
The one variable that will change this is the Trail times that have been faster by Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle. In this sheet, Jeff was 20 minutes faster from Koyuk to Elim and an hour faster from Elim to White Mountain. The only reason for the similarity is that King took an hour and 30 minute rest in Elim. On the 77 mile race for Nome, both teams could “open it up” and have faster times. This might put the Winner an hour or so earlier.
As for Pete and the Team, who just officially arrived into Koyuk at 8:18 this morning, he is about 18 hours back from Jeff. This puts Team Kaiser into Nome about 6 pm or so, followed closely by Richie, and later by Mike Jr.
Pete and the Team of 13 dogs lead a pack of 4 mushers out onto the slippery trail of the Iditarod Trail early this morning at 1:34 after a nearly 5 hour rest in Shaktoolik. They are just now arriving into the Koyuk checkpoint and maintained the lead over the stretch. This wasn’t helpful for Pete he had no one to follow on the dark glare trail, but it was a benefit to those behind him who followed his lead. Expect a 4 hour break here before moving back onto the trail to Elim.
Richie left just behind Pete and is right behind him into Koyuk with 12 dogs after dropping one in Shaktoolik last night.
Mike Jr. didn’t rest after reaching Shaktoolik last night and is presently about an hour or so back from the checkpoint.
It has been a cold one, so after dog chores and a quick bite to eat, sleep will be high on the agenda.
It’s going to be a tough one, once our Teams get back on the trail. The wind is kicking up a bit and it is slicker that slick! It’s going to be a tough night for sure.
Listen to Sebastian Schnuelle’s description:
… Conditions start to get worse out there, as the wind has been picking up. Now combine that with all the glare ice out there. It has been very hard mentally on mushers and dogs. Sonny Lindner said: ” You simply can’t get where you need to go .” At times it also looks like the trail is going away from Koyuk, with its meandering course it is longer than usual.
Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King were getting ready to leave at the same time. Simply walking around the checkpoint is treacherous, the volunteers put straw on the ice, than water on top to freeze it, yet is still is very slick. Both teams left without hesitation, they have to navigate around a street sign, which once again is easier said than done on the ice and the wind pushing. Here the teams have to cross a road and Jeff King’s team did not… and kept on going down the road. No way of stopping as everything is downhill. At the bottom he turned his team around, by that time Aliy Zirkle who was initially past him got her team on the out trail, her sled dragging sideways on the gravel and ice. There is a tough run ahead of these teams and the wind is supposed to pick up even further. Although they call for sunny weather, I do not like the forecast. It is forecasting 25 to 30 mph winds in the communities, the usual blowholes will see much more than that. It will be a real challenge and another mental and physical test.
Pete and the Team were into Shaktoolik at 20:50 with a great Trail time of 5 hours and 27 minutes. He was followed in just a bit later by Richie and his Team at 21:20 with a trail time of 5 hours and 43 minutes. Mike Jr. is now out out of Unalakleet after a good long break to rest his dogs for the run to Nome. The Kusko Teams are doing a fine job on this section of the course so far. Most other mushers have taken 4-6 hours in Shaktoolik knowing they will have a tough run up to Koyuk. The trail normally crosses Koyuk Bay, but this year veers off due to ice conditions and the trail is about 10 miles longer than usual.
Given the conditions, I am thinking they will stay 5-6 hours before heading North to Koyuk. That would put them into Koyuk in mid Morning. I always think of this section of the race because a couple of years ago Pete and the Team passed Mitch Seavey while Pete was completely asleep. Fun Memories.
Mushing Weather Report Tonight-
223 PM AKDT SUN MAR 9 2014.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS 5 TO 15 BELOW. NORTHEAST WINDS 10
TO 20 MPH.
Here are some great shots from Andy Angstman this morning of Pete, Mike, and Richie in the Unalakleet checkpoint. Thanks Andy!
The Iditarod isn’t just an endurance race for the Mushers and Teams, it is also an endurance challenge for the Wives, Families, and especially the little ones. Ari has become the Team mascot for now, but at some point we fully expect him to take to the runners and help “Daddy” with the Team!
So here goes and feel free to hammer it if you see it off:
This is based off of Jeff King’s In Time at Koyuk and John Baker’s record run in 2011. I will continue to update as we get times from the board. The Delta Force Teams are about 18 hours past the leader, so we may even see a finish in the daylight!!
Pete and the Team are just out of Unalakleet after a 6 hour break as Andy indicated this morning. Richie and his Team are right behind. The trail ahead is glare ice and bare ground and will be challenging for sure. They have strong teams and are very used to ice and wind, so this should be to their advantage.
Mike Jr. arrived into Unalakleet at 12:46pm after an 11hour 15 minute run over the Portage with 8 dogs.
Go Team Williams!
UPDATE- Who knows who is in the lead at this point- Tracker shows either one ahead at any given time!
In news at the Front, Jeff King scaled back his sled and is now battling Aliye Zirkle for the lead. The trail looks pretty hard with little snow and lots of glare ice. The wind is pretty strong and Teams are headed right into it.
Team Kaiser was honored that we were ablt to take part in the 2014 Iditarod Make A Wish Alaska Iditarider! Our rider, Connor, had a great time and I made up this video for him as a keepsake. Team Kaiser fans might enjoy it as well, so here you go!
Your Donation Makes this Possible! Thank-You!
Pete Kaiser - 13 Dogs IN Koyuk - 8:18
Richie Diehl - 13 Dogs IN Koyuk -
Mike Williams - 8 Dogs OUT Shaktoolik- On Trail To Koyuk
Eileen Gruber PrussmanSwear a lot at the tracker not updating. And eat cheesecake, a strategy learned from Snowhook's BDHW.2 · 2 hours ago
Shelagh GellerToo much unhealthy, ready made, finger/comfort food, lots of fruit and raw veggies to compensate and anything that can be eaten while Facebooking. Thank goodness we've got the rest of the year to make up for it! Not having a smartphone, I'm at my laptop way too many hours, but "it's worth it"!1 · 2 hours ago
Debbie Lee DavisFinger nails and then anything I can get my hands on.3 · 2 hours ago
Joanne FateToday it's simple stuff - and cold medicine. Not too upset to have had to cancel all appointments today.2 · 2 hours ago
JE KingWhen I decide to check the stats and scour for info I decide to have a snack while doing so.... however a few minutes into the scouring process I keep putting off getting the snack until the next article...by the time I'm ready to get up and get the snack there is nothing new to read... I hate when this happens...however, the Jelly Belly population is once again safe for a few minutes more!! HA!2 · 2 hours ago
Beamon BrysonSince I'm retired and don't have a lot of other stuff to keep me busy in the winter, I watch a lot of Netflix, read and keep updating the race on computer. BTW, I wish Netflix would release some more westerns.2 · 2 hours ago
Joanne FateToday it's simple stuff - and cold medicine. Not too upset to have had to cancel everything today.1 · 2 hours ago
Morgan AlexanderI'm in the keep refreshing camp. Last night I made myself a drink. I was a nervous wreck. My hopes are on Martin. When he gets close, I start to sweat.1 · 2 hours ago
Valerie Mattinenwishing I was in Alaska of volunteering on the trail! But I push refresh and watch the gps tracker. Just a protein shake for me - Syntax Nectar Vanilla Torte :)1 · 2 hours ago
Lynette ClarkMy fingernails considering this race...it has been so exciting all the way!2 · 2 hours ago
Jeff King, the 4x Iditarod champ, cruised into White Mountain at 7:02 am. Those ardent fans with the Insider Tracker followed King through the night from Koyuk to Elim, watched him take a 1.5 hour break and then portage to Golovin bay, hiccup a little in golovin but quickly getting his dogs back on...
Kristen Egbert Hansellscary! "Jeff described the trail through the night for the press entourage. The first ten miles out of Koyuk was very rough with fallen trees, rocks, bare brush, and hard ice—“I would have pushed the rescue button” but reported that the trail then improved dramatically. Aliy and team followed closely behind."1 · 3 hours ago
Kelli HunterSo Jeff gets to leave first yes? This is going to be a flat out sprint to the finish. My fingernails are GONE. I'm still keeping an eye on Martin Buser. I just love him. They are all great though. I'm rooting for everyone!!! :)1 hour ago
Jane Luoma King-ShirerFor many years I've watched the Iditarod. As an Insider the last few years I have been made aware of so much more. I'm at a place in my life where I could volunteer at next years race. How do I even begin? Can someone advise me?1 · 2 days ago
Darlene MillerTo Jane about volunteering - I was fortunate enough to volunteer for a couple of years. It is an awesome experience, whether you are in Anchorage, Nome or on the trail. Go to Iditarod.com and click on volunteer for information. About October of each year, you will need to submit an online application. Someone will contact you after that. Go for it. I missed this year but plan to be back in 2015.1 · 2 days ago