A warm bed was hard to leave this morning as we looked at the temperature reading out on our phones. Pete and the Team, with Ari, Bethany, and Ron, made the trip up to near their place in Nenana, while the rest of the Pit Crew rode Alaska Airlines and are here in Fairbanks.
The sun is slowly rising as well as Pete and Ron are readying the Team for the short 30 minute ride into town for this morning’s 2017 Iditarod Start.
This was what we had heard- Clear and Cold. Here in Interior Alaska the sun is a real bonus and temperatures will rise slowly to an expected -5 high for today. Pete and the Team will be leaving the Starting Line at 10:50am, so if you are in Fairbanks, bundle up and join us to send off the Team!
Today’s run will take Pete and the Team down the Chena River towards the Nenana River and down the trail to Nenana, where we will meet him and give him his first Checkpoint bag. This is the unique part of a Fairbanks Start, where Pit Crews meet their Teams in the Nenana Checkpoint. It’s about a 50 mile ride to Nenana for us, but a 60 mile run over the river trail.
Of course I’ll have photos and more from today, but expect a bit of a blackout as we speed here and there supporting Pete and the Team.
The Iditarod Insider will have the live start, so if you are a subscriber, make sure to tune in!
Go Team Kaiser!!
As I was making my way down to the Ceremonial Start this morning, I’ll have to admit I was thinking about the cold and the lack of coffee. After 7 Starts in Anchorage, it isn’t old stuff, but we at Kaiser Racing have begun to have somewhat of a routine. But then the magic happens… The sound of the dogs, the excitement of the fans, and soon, without notice or regard, you begin to realize that THIS is why we race. Surely mushing is a solitary sport, but this magic morning once a year brings us face to face with cheering fans and thousands of people sharing the love for dogs and Alaska.
I think this was one of the most fun in recent memory. The weather began a bit cold, but once the sun rose, the temperatures rose as did the fever pitch of dog sled racing. Granted this section of the race is meaningless to winning and completing, but this morning was special and as our Iditarider ,Hannah Pedersen from Washington, said, “I can’t quite put words to it, but it was OUTSTANDING!!”
Here are the Ceremonial Start line photos for Team Kaiser 2017! I have quite a bit of content to share so stay tuned. Videos, and photos from the Campbell Creek checkpoint are coming soon also.
A moment before the excitement
Thanks Northern Air Cargo
Handing out bibs
North Dakota Teacher has students following Team Kaiser
Our Fabulous Dog Magician- Nik Wikstrand
Iditarider Hannah Pedersen
Thanks Northern Air Cargo
Family and Friends
Bethanny and Ari
Facebook Live Interview
Thanks Donlin Gold
Little Ava and Chase
Berube’s from Canada
Danny Twitchell and Family
Go Team Kaiser
The Race Sled
Let’s get this show on the road
Loving them dogs
Andy and Kurt
The Donlin Crew
Thanks Donlin Gold
Rick Hanson – Always there for us!
Kids love dogs
Lillian, Doug, and friend.
What a motley crew
Kids, Kids, Kids
Berube’s – Go Team Kaiser
A bit of a break. Can’t wait to go.
The happy couple.
With a ring to prove it!
Brother and Sister
Nice and Comfy
String ’em out!
Sterling at the Lead
Rarin’ to go
What a beautiful Dog Team
On 4th Avenue
Underway to the Start
Hannah Pedersen – Iditarider
The Patriarch of the Team
Iditarod’s Most Photographed Man
Just a bit more
At the line
Happy to be going
Film Crews Everywhere
Annual Meeting with the Governor
2017 Iditarod Starting Line
GO GO GO
Off at 10:50am
Pete and Nik and the Team off for a quick run
Wave to the crowds
And they’re off!
Live from the Starting Line. Hit page refresh to see it change.
Good Morning Race Fans!!
The weather is warming and the sun is a-rising! Join us down at downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial Start of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Race!
The biggest celebration of Sled Dogs is happening this very morning. Weather reports call for a high of 20 degrees this morning, however it is going to be a bit chilly until the sun rises, so dress warm. Stop by and get a photo with Pete and Nik and the Team and wish him well before we head to the Interior for Monday’s official start for the trail to Nome.
Can’t make it? We have you covered as well! Donlin Gold, Team Kaiser’s Prime Sponsor will be televising a Facebook Live session at 9:45 this morning. Why 9:45? Well, at 10:50 he leaves the Starting Line here in Anchorage, and Donlin was kind enough to give him a bit of time to have everything just right.
Head on over to Donlin Gold’s Facebook page about 9:30 or so and scroll down just a bit and you will find the Facebook Live with Pete and the Team. (Remember– It’s live, so don’t miss it)
https://www.facebook.com/DonlinGold/ for the Facebook Live!
For Team Kaiser’s eighth run to Nome, we will be looking for Number 25!
The Denai’na Center in Anchorage was filled to the brim last night with Mushers, Fans, Sponsors, and Organizers to begin the festivities for the 2017 Iditarod Trail Race. Pete was joined by his sponsors, Donlin Gold, Lynden, Ryan Air, and Northern Air Cargo for the event as well as his family and friends.
The annual Mushers Banquet draws everyone together to watch Mushers choose their position from the Official Mukluk. 72 Mushers are signed up and they drew positions based on when they signed up for the race. There were actually two drawings last night. If a musher signed up on the first day, they got to draw from positions 1 through 45 (45 mushers signed up on day one). The remaining mushers got to choose what was left (positions 46-72).
Pete drew right in the middle of the first group as did Richie Diehl, who drew bib 21.
This should be a pretty good spot for the first section of the race, which I heard from several people is loaded with snow. Mushers nearer the front could be breaking trail and mushers further back will be running in softer conditions that have been broken up by the teams in front. It will all be dependent on what happens in the next few days as the trail could setup harder due to the very cold night time temperatures they are seeing right now on the upper Yukon.
If you are in Anchorage join us for the largest celebration of Sled Dog racing in the world tomorrow morning at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start. It will be a little chilly, but totally worth it!
Our Prime Sponsor Donlin Gold will be there with a Facebook Live session at 9:45am, so be sure to catch that as well.
Here are the photos from the Musher’s Banquet:
Welcome to Kaiser Racing! The 2017 Iditarod will begin in a few days, but Pete and the Team are already participating in the preliminary events before the Race. Pete and Nik and the Team traveled into Anchorage on Monday. The Team had a private jet ride on Tuesday Morning with Everts Air Cargo. Tuesday was some veterinary work and today was busy as well with meetings and other pre-race activities. Tomorrow, Thursday, will have us all at the Drawing Banquet where we will watch Pete draw this year’s lucky number. Of course there will be photos and more, so stay tuned! Go Team Kaiser!