The 2011 Musher Drawing was held last night in Anchorage. The 2011 Start will have a lot to do about Bethel!! 2011 Junior Iditarod Winner Jeremiah will lead the mushers out of the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage tomorrow morning. The next musher out of the chute will be former Bethel musher Dee Dee Jonrowe.
Pete drew bib number 54 so he will have a bit of time to wait before heading out of the gate.
The ceremonial start begins tomorrow at 10:00am in Downtown Anchorage.
We will start our coverage from there! If you have photos and are in town. Send them my way!!
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In case you missed it! A few Team Kaiser dogs contributed to the victory! Congratulations to Jeremiah from Team Kaiser!
From Tundra Drums:
Bethel’s Jeremiah Klejka wins Junior Iditarod
Bethel Regional High School junior Jeremiah Klejka drove his dogs to victory on Sunday at the 150-mile Junior Iditarod sled dog race.
The 17-year-old finished nearly a half hour ahead of runnerup, Anitra Winkler from Cantwell.
The prestigous race is for mushers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old.
Klejka ran the course from Knik Lake to Willow Lake in 1 day, 11 hours and 46 minutes, crossing the finish line at 11:46 a.m.
This is Klejka’s third Junior Iditarod and builds on a family legacy for the event – Klejka’s sister Jessica won the Junior Iditarod in 2008.
Emily Krol, 17, from Wasilla came in third at 12:34 p.m., 22 minutes behind Winkler.
The victory gave Klejka back-to-back top five finishes.
He finished fourth last year after coming home ninth as a rookie in 2009.
The Junior Iditarod began in 1978 and has a rich history, featuring some of the best young talent from the finest mushing families in Alaska.
GPS Reports Pete and the Team through Safety. 18 Miles to go. It surely could be a finish before 3:am, but most Mushers have been taking 3 hours. In any case, we are down to the last 18 miles of an epic adventure spanning Alaska and the imaginations of us all.
Pete Kaiser is now leading the group of remaining Mushers left on the trail.
More in an hour…
OTHER_HFM GOLOVIN, AK, Nome, Alaska (PWS)
Updated: 10:20 PM AKDT on March 16, 2010
Clear 16 °F
Windchill: 6 °F
Dew Point: 1 °F
Wind: 7 mph from the North
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.30 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Elim to Golovin (Not an official checkpoint)
by Donald Bowers, Jr.
This is one of the more interesting legs on the race, with quite a variety of trail and terrain in a very short distance. Moreover, there is always a possibility of two extremely different routes for the first ten miles. The race follows the main snowmachine “highway” from Elim to Golovin and it is usually well marked and packed.
The trail usually heads back out on the sea ice from Elim and runs a mile or two offshore to a cabin at Walla Walla, on the coast eight miles south of Elim. In some years, when there is open water just off shore, the traill will stay overland on the Old Elim Mail Trail.
At Walla Walla, the trail rurns inland and climbs over the Kwiktalik Mountains with a series of long, moderately hard grades. The final summit is 1,000 feet at Little McKinley, about eight miles past Walla Walla and ten miles from Golovin. This is considered the hardest climb on the last half of the race.
The trail then makes a fast descent to Golovin Bay, running northwest along the bay ice for the last five miles to Golovin.
Golovin to White Mountain
by Donald Bowers, Jr.
This is normally a yawner (unless the wind is blowing or it’s snowing). The trail follows the main snowmachine route, running straight as an arrow for ten miles across Golovnin Lagoon, then winding gently around (with some gentle ups and downs) to cross the delta of the Fish River. The last few miles are on the river. There is sometimes overflow on the lagoon or river. Plan on two hours for the trip, perhaps three if the wind is blowing.
Elim to Golovin Trail
Lance Mackey Passes Golovin in 2009
Pete was out of Kaltag right before Musher Lesatz. Pete’s GPS was problematic last evening, so I don’t trust it.
Lesatz is on the move and I have a feeling so is Pete. I am just speculating, but I have a feeling he is about 10-15 miles from Unalakleet.
GPS Tracker came alive- Pete and the Team are at Old Woman Cabin.
[Update- Team Kaiser Official Time OUT- 10:11 DOGS- 11]
Pete is out of Kaltag headed for Unalakleet. Unofficially of course, but the GPS tracker has him on the move.
Tonights journey will take him into the hills behind Kaltag for 90 miles to Unalakleet. He will be headed towards the coast so he’ll be right at home with the continuous wind in the area. This is the last of the long runs the team will face. Teams have been taking 11 to 18 hours on this leg, so my expectation is tomorrow morning for a Unalakleet arrival.
Iditarod Description- The trail climbs for 15 miles from Kaltag through mostly wooded country to the summit of the portage, about 800 feet above sea level. Then it descends slowly into the valley of the Unalakleet River, staying mostly in wooded or semi-wooded country with some excursions across taiga and open areas until Old Woman, then running across mostly open tundra on the south side of the river valley. The trail drops back down onto the Unalakleet River about 8 miles out of town, making a couple of short portages across river bends before crossing the frozen lagoon into Unalakleet.
Weather this for this evenings journey:
EASTERN NORTON SOUND AND NULATO HILLS-
641 PM AKDT SUN MAR 14 2010
UPDATED TO CANCEL ADVISORY
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS CANCELLED...
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS 15 BELOW TO 20 BELOW. NORTH WINDS
5 TO 10 MPH...LOCALLY TO 20 MPH WITH WIND CHILL TO 35 BELOW THIS
Kaltag to Unalakleet Trail Photos:
Pete left Nulato at 9:56am this morning.