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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.
There are two winners in the Guess Pete’s Time to Nome contest:
Tracy Faulkner and Kevin Morgan each wrote down 10 days, 10 hours, 10 minutes 10 seconds and got the closest to Pete’s official time of 10 days 11 hours, 13 minutes 59 seconds. They each win $50.