Bev Hoffman was kind enough to get a couple of interviews for Team Kaiser. We will be watching these two young men as they mush on the Iditarod Trail. Bev and I go way way back. I started the K300 website years ago after suggesting it to her. She was hesitant, but said go for it. In those days all communication was by fax. After that year there was only one fax in Headquarters. The third year was all transitioned to web. She’s a natural as a communicator and did an awesome job for us in these interviews.
KYUK’s Mark Aerhart is tired… I’ve done it and reporting can be as tough as mushing the race itself.
In the following clip he makes a reference to Pete’s longest run from Bethel to Aniak. That was actually the run from Kalskag through Aniak back to Kalskag and into Tuluksak- 15 hours – Awesome Team!! Pete sounds really upbeat and positive about the race.
He also makes a reference to Richie Diehl getting homecooked food in Aniak. Richie spoke with Will Peterson in Kalskag last night and he said he WISHED he had stayed in Aniak. He had a couple of minor injuries in the team and said he probably should have stayed in Aniak before heading on.
In other news- It’s raining lightly in Bethel. This will slow the trail a bit if it continues, lets hope for a bit cooler day.
GPS tracker shows Rohn Buser dropping to 5th place. With such tightly packed group, just a short stop to change a dog untangle a harness will can cost you dearly.
Jeff King was through Akiachak at about 9 this morning. Lewis Pavila was through at 8:45am yesterday. They are about on the identical pace which would put Jeff King into the K300 Finish about 10:30am this morning.
Listen to the report:
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Pete and the Team are in a 4 team race for 2nd place. Kaiser race fans will remember this same shootout last year on the Iditarod trail to Unalakleet. In that race there were 3 teams battling it out and today we have 4. That experience though will pay out as I am sure Pete will be a little less nervous and just run his race.
Team Kaiser appears to holding a solid 4th place- I found not to look to closely at the tracker, but to watch the recording feature that puts it all in a little movie. When you watch it this way you can see how the mushers are really stacking up.
King’s GPS shows him through Akiak on his way to an unbelievable 9th Victory. The Grandparents of these dogs ran this race to Championships!
KYUK is predicting a 11-Noon finish for King, but I would put it closer to 10-10:30. Once his team checks into Akiachak, we can compare Lewis Pavila’s time from yesterday and come up with a better guess.
Listen to the 8am Report:
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Jeff may be the King of the Kusko, but there are several mushers that aren’t going to just let it happen without a fight. King stopped for 18 minutes in Kalskag and is about an hour in front of the next group. The group right behind him didn’t waste much time either. Rohn Buser, Paul Gepbhardt, Joar Ulsom, and Tony Browning all stopped just long enough though, for Pete and the Team to show up and add their name to the group. In the 10pm KYUK report Peterson said that Pete’s team looked good and mentioned that it looked better than Rohn’s team. He predicted that the race was for second place and that Gepbhardt and Kaiser would be making a play along those lines. The others though, not to be outdone also left in a hurry.
Presently there is a five way shooting match to see who will be the one to move into second place. The GPS seems to make it exciting, but realistically they teams aren’t moving in and out of different places as much as it is the delay in the GPS. As the group moves down the trail we should expect to see it play out as the teams stretch out a bit. This has been quite a long run– one of the longest and some teams are going to be a bit more tired than others.
Maybe… The amazing thing is the group of mushers after this front group. A string of 7 mushers all arrived into Kalskag within minutes of each other. It just shows the level of competition and quality of this year’s field of mushers. Fun to watch to be sure!
Listen here to the 10pm report.
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Mike Williams - 8 Dogs 11th Place Finish - 9d 11h 50m 2s
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Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up1 day ago
Kim Bott-FriendLove the start of series...Can't wait for tomorrow
Check with cable provider...mine gave me channel for few extra bucks.1 day ago
Teresa DanforthFor those that saw mt post about watching it on tv--didn't happen. Could only see the intro. I'm really bummed. Really wanted to see it. I bought a subscription and followed the race very closely. I was rooting for jeff king. Visited his kennel in Denali in august and held several of his puppies.1 · 1 day ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 1 day ago
Bill McLainOne more year before I retire, then I'm planning on volunteering until I can make it to Nome!! Still in withdrawal. Got to attend the start in Anchorage and Re-start this year--I'm hooked!!!5 · 1 day ago
Donna CookI've only been following the sport a couple of years and "I AM HOOKED"! Want to say thank you to the all who make The Iditarod happen. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.6 · 1 day ago
Paula Nations MedlinYep, y'all are right, still going back after 10th trip!! You people wanting to go, please find a way to book that flight...once I did that, I was like...I'm going to AK, Oh my gosh, I'm attending the Iditarod summer camp... I was thrilled. That was all I needed to open up a whole new world to me and my students!!!!1 · 1 day ago
John VibbertsCongratulations to the Fb administrator for having great taste in pictures that are not only beautiful, but also tell a story. I have like them all but the newest one of the lantern is very timely. Thanks.13 hours ago
Mikhail KerenskyPaula, several friends and I are already making plans. I'm like everyone else here who can say I'm hooked! Have been since I was a child. And John, I agree with you that the pictures are extraordinary. I've shared several so people down here in Ohio and the Lower 48 can see how amazing the Iditarod is.6 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 2 days ago
John MurdenAwe and congratulations on all those who finished; admiration for those who competed but could not complete their runs. I'm looking forward to the race DVD to see the details I missed along the way. No way I could ever participate except in spirit! Dogs, mushers, their support teams were all inspirations to all of us race watchers around the world!8 · 2 days ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 2 days ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 2 days ago
Monica SearsSad that it is over, my daughter & I had so much fun keeping up with everyone on the trail......can't wait till next year!!2 · 2 days ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 2 days ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 2 days ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 2 days ago
Stanley WeberThat this was a wild ride for everyone involved and that I was glad to see the last musher to cross the line before anyone else got hurt.2 days ago
Melissa Rigas-DesbonnesWhat an incredible image!!! It is absolutely gorgeous & is ABSOLUTELY the spirit of the Iditarod & the spirit of the native peoples in the great state of Alaska...1 · 2 months ago
Peggy CraveyLove reading the history off this event, some like car racing, some bloat racing, but to me this is a genuine sport, skill demonstrated with animals and the accomplishments when worked in a team..love reading about this race as as am a lover of of dogs that serve a purpose and the skill that is developed with each dog on the team knowing its independent function.1 · 2 months ago
Sue PersonettBeautiful but you need to make those Raven's tails a little bit more wedge shaped. They look like Crows.2 months ago
Kurt LindstromBetter to let people make their own meaning of the art.... "Explaining" it takes away from the individuals interpretation...... When I look at art, I need to be able to make my own PERSONAL connection/meaning.... Given that I have read the "meaning" of the image, I no longer feel my own connection.2 days ago
Kurt LindstromWhen my 5th grade students bring a piece of art that they have created and ask me, "Do you like it?" I respond, "Tell me what you see and thought/felt when you created it."1 · 2 days ago