Guess What? I found a whole set of Video Clips that I forgot about! (Nome will do that to you) This looks like the same, but it has a better ending from the dog yard if you are interested. Worth the wait!!
The files showed up, but they wouldn’t play, but after a bit of magic, they are good to go! Thanks Isaiah and Courtney for these short clips- Nice Job! Also thanks to Marcus Ackerman, their teacher, for putting them to work for us!
Richie and his Team are just out of Nikolai after the endurance course they call the Iditarod Trail 2014. Hopefully Richie has survived the challenge better than others and after a break will be ready for the next bit of trail on his home waters of the Mighty Kuskokwim. All of our Trio of Mushers are Kuskokwim dwellers. Traveling down the Kuskokwim River will almost be like Homecourt Advantage. I wonder if the Team can smell Aniak??
Pete is making good progress at about the same pace as Richie with the 2 hour distance back being close to the Start differential. Expecting Team Kaiser into Nikolai in the next couple of hours or so.
Mike is resting comfortably in Nikolai. Here is a fan foto of Mike eating breakfast in the Village.
Iditarod fans will be talking about the Epic run by Martin Buser from basically the Starting Line into Nikolai. Hopefully his strategy will pay out for him.
The story for our Fans, though, is the story of Mike Williams Jr. and the fine run HE is having. Mike Jr. and his Team left in 7th position from Willow and has bee running pretty much in the top 10 for the whole stretch of the race up until now. Presently GPS tracker has him in 7th just a few mile outside of Nikolai.
Mike’s Team started the race with 15 dogs in harness and he has dropped 3 to be down to 12 dogs at this point, but I looked through the histories and though this is a low number, it has been done several times. He will have to be conservative, but he is definitely in a good position.
The trail from Rohn to Nikolai has been described as the worst in years with nothing but glare ice and no snow. Guess what Mike has been training on??? Pete and Richie just couldn’t take it and repositioned to Nenana for better training while Mike just kept training on this type of glare ice, no snow, exposed tundra condition. For his dogs, this might just be a run out of Akiak to the Yukon and back.
Way to go Mike- Good Luck!
Where is the rest of the Trio??
Pete’s Tracker is not working at present, but Richie is camped out at the Farewell lakes just before the “burn.” I am sure that Pete is there as well as that is the last ping from his tracker. This spot is popular for mushers as it gets them 20 miles down the trail from Rohn. Trail reports had this first 20-30 out of Rohn as terrible at best with exposed tree roots, rocks, ice, tundra– the whole gambit. It will be good to take a break and head out in the daylight when they can hopefully see where they are going. Glare ice trail is hard enough to follow in daylight. Night is a bear.
From ADN.com – Martin Buser on Burn Trail.
If you look to the right of the far mountain on the left. About another 4 miles or so further out is a popular camping spot for mushers. Pete and Richie are in that area.
Stitched together KYUK Radio Angela Denning-Barnes with our video and a bit of Insider. Delta FOURce Elder Mike Williams Sr. crosses the line. His finish was easily the most popular of all of the mushers except for the Winner with horns honking, bells jingling, and the crowd cheering. Go Mike!! Visit the Williams Family Kennel Fanpage for photos and more!
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Mike Williams - 8 Dogs 11th Place Finish - 9d 11h 50m 2s
Pete Kaiser - 13 Dogs 13th Place Finish - 9d 15h 28m 30s
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up5 hours 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.5 hours 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 · 5 hours ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 5 hours 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 · 13 hours 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 · 12 hours 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 · 5 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 14 hours 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 · 14 hours ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.4 · 14 hours ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 14 hours 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 · 14 hours ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 14 hours ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 14 hours ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 14 hours 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.14 hours 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.1 day 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 · 1 day ago