WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO! JOHN BAKER WINS!!

John Baker WINS! A New Record ! Bests old by 3 Hours!

New Record 8 Days  18 Hours  46 Minutes   39 Seconds   5.33 Average Speed

Inupiaq Celebration

In to Nome

Waving to the Crowd

Still Running

A Big Check

Flowers for the Leaders

Inupiaq’s are going NUTS!

The Finish is a WILD PLACE at this time! What a year for Rural Alaska!
They are dancing at the finish line!

Nome in Sight for John Baker – 4 miles Out

We can only imagine what John is feeling right now. Words probably can’t even come close. This has been an unwavering goal for so many years. So many mushers never get to this place that he is right now. Congratulations- The first of many!!

John Baker into Safety

The last checkpoint slides by- Nome is next for Team Baker!

Expect a finish between 9 and 10 am!

In 2002 Martin Buser finished with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds to set the fastest winning time.

John Baker is going to beat this record by 3-4 hours!

John Baker is on the Move!

The final stretch of the 2011 Iditarod is upon us. John Baker just left from White Mountain. Go John Baker!!

50 long minutes…

Official posting shows that John Baker and Ramey Smyth had identical times from Elim to White Mountain. Smyth arrived 50 minutes after Baker so that may be enough of a lead to hold. 50 minutes is about the 6-7 mile lead that Baker held the entire way. John can leave at 6 after midnite on his way to Nome. Would this be the first Inupiaq to win??

Baker into White Mountain!

John Baker just arrived into White Mountain. Ramey Smyth is about 7 miles behind him. That’s not quite an hour lead into the checkpoint and an 8 hour mandatory rest stop. They’ll get a vet check, some food, some sleep, and be ready to do a night run into Nome. Looking like a morning finish for the front runners.

 

It’s going to be a shoot out in the Wild Wild West!

John Baker’s lead has dwindled to 6 miles. That’s about 30 minutes. He is 10 miles out of White Mountain and “Home Free” for the 8 hour layover. 30 minutes may or may not be enough to best a rested Smyth team on the way to Nome. Man I wish I was going to be in Nome!! This is going to be a good one!

Go John GO!!