The Iditarod Tracker was back Online, but now many mushers are not again.
I’ll have to say, as a Veteran tracker watcher, I’m not thrilled with the system. I guess it is what it is and though even the Denali Doubles had more information for us, you can’t cry over spilt milk and we will have to drive on!
Photos are coming soon!!
A warm afternoon had 69 Teams raring to go in Willow today. We have a ton of video and photos for you, but it will be later tonight when I get them all set for web.
Pete and the Team headed out on the trail this afternoon in front of a huge crowd of mushing fans. The mood in the pit area was a mixture of nerves and anticipation, but Teams were more than ready for the task at hand. The weather was spectacular with not a cloud in the sky. Temperatures have cooled from a few days ago when it was raining, and though pretty warm, it is far better than slush.
Team Kaiser left in 43rd position after other local mushers Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, who left in 7th, and Richie Diehl of Aniak, who left in 11th place. We will find out which was an advantage, either the early or later team, after we speak with the mushers in Nome.
Apparently a rule change has banned all phone calls during the race by mushers. We had hoped to speak with Pete during his 24 hour layover, but than won’t happen at this point.
Good luck to all the mushers in this year’s race, but especially our Trio from the West!
Sounds like a good contest! Think up a good name and the winner gets a t-shirt! Of course I get to choose, but if I like it you win! Post your name below!
Go Team Kaiser!
Team Kaiser was honored to be chosen to be the Make-A-Wish foundation Iditarider this year. Connor was our rider this year and he really enjoyed himself and we were so happy to be a part of his Iditarod Experience!
Pete and the Team gave him a ride he won’t soon forget and made sure that everything was just right for the experience. The weather cooperated and the whole day was fantastic.
Riding in the sled with Peter Kaiser is nine-year-old Connor who recently moved to Anchorage from Prosser, Washington. Connor is battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In just a few weeks, he will fly to Legoland in Orlando on his wish trip thanks to Make-A-Wish Alaska.
Connor loves to build and play with Legos, and his favorite show is Lego Ninjago. Connor loves swimming, relaxing in hot tubs and playing video games.
Connor has heard stories about the Iditarod since he was a young boy, and he likes to watch movies about dogs with his sister, especially the show “Snow Buddies.”
Connor is thrilled to be able to ride in the 2014 Iditarod.
Special thanks to Donlin Gold for making this experience possible.
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska has granted Alaskan wishes to more than 500 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant about 30 wishes, and an additional 30 wishes to kids from across the US who wish to visit Alaska as part of their wish. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit www.alaska.wish.org<http://www.alaska.wish.org> or connect with us at www.facebook.com/makeawishakwa
As one of Team Kaiser’s Major Sponsor’s, we were thrilled to Team UP for this great cause! This is Donlin Gold’s fourth year as a principal sponsor of the Iditarod, honoring the Alaskan tradition of mining and mushing. Donlin Gold is a gold mining prospect located near the historic Iditarod gold region. Donlin Gold strives to be like no other mining project in the world, creating economic opportunities for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region while embracing a long-term commitment to health, safety, environmental protection and community development.”
Though the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod is realatively minor in the scope of the Last Great Race, it is a crowd and fan favorite and brings a time to show off Sponsors, Teams, and Volunteers. Though the season has been marred with rain and unseasonably warm conditions, Mother Nature blessed us with a cool morning that, for all intents and purposes, couldn’t have been better. The sun was blazing away and just a bit of fog made the morning spectacular.
The music of the dogs ready to go combined with a cheering crowd sent off all the mushers into a real nice trail up into the Campbell Creek area.
Here are the photos from the Morning Start. There are many and many helped to make it possible. I combined them all to make it maybe a bit easier to see. Elizabeth Aarons, Tillie Kaiser, Casey McDonald and Alfred Wallace, all contributed to the photos. Thanks!!
Tillie and Elizabeth’s Photos
Good Morning Race Fans!
Just a quick note as Team Kaiser repositions to downtown Anchorage.
You can catch the Ceremonial Start Live in two locations:
Internet– Free on the Insider http://iditarod.com/live/
GCI Customers should be able to see it on Channel 11 if you have Anchorage Locals. Dish Network Customers should see the same thing.
We will be posting from the Start Line as well as having a bunch of photos as usual as soon as we get back from the day at the Races.
Pete and the Team are heading out in 43rd position, so it will be just around 11:15 or so when he leaves 4th Avenue for the Campbell Creek chute.
See Ya soon!
Looking at the weather forecast for the next few days isn’t encouraging, but by the beginning of next week temperatures should cool down to make a palatable trail.
Forecasts for most areas on the east of the Alaska Range are in the 30’s and 40’s. Temperatures also are pretty warm.
Fairbanks Weather Service, which manages the forecasts for the Interior and Arctic Coast, is predicting cooler air flowing down from the North Slope which should cool the Seward Peninsula (Nome) and also help cool the Yukon Trail. Anchorage Weather Service, which manages the Southern half of the State is also predicting a slight cooling trend. This doesn’t mean below zero temperatures, but it does bring temperatures (Hopefully) below freezing and into a spectrum that is enjoyable for both Team and Trail.
With these conditions and a hard trail on the Yukon, it could result in a pretty fast race. Variables, though, are going to be the Alaska Range crossing and the up the Coast from Unalakleet to Nome.
For Tomorrow’s Ceremonial Start-
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Light winds.