Monday, March 17, 2014

Iditarod 2014~

By all accounts this was the worst,
or a collection of all of the worst, of all of the years,
wrapped into one race.

Sleds and bodies were casualties this year.
Martin Buser, finishers of 31 Iditarods, helps repair another musher's sled.
Photo by Alaska Dispatch

Long-time seasoned mushers scratched early,
and one, Jeff King, scratched 22 miles from the finish....while in the lead.
He had to have snowmachiners go with him to retrieve his dogs
through 65 mph winds.

Dallas Seavey Photo by Alaska Dispatch

It sounded scary
even if you weren't in the race!

Soon after her second place finish, Aliy Zirkle 
gave this interview.

Aliy Zirkle Photo by Alaska Dispatch

Yes, it was her third time taking second to a Seavey,
2012 to Dallas,
2013 to his Dad, Mitch,
and in 2014, again to Dallas.

Photo by Alaska Dispatch

trail conditions, mushers and their teammates-the dogs.

Dallas Seavey finishes first.  Photo by KNOM, Nome
There are many incredible stories about this year's race,
will definitely be remembered as one of them.

He said he was the last person to know 
that he was the first person to Nome
after crossing under the burled-arch!
He was just happy he had beat his father right behind him.

Turns out that the team he was trying to outrun, belonged to Aliy,
and his father was several hours back.

That is the kind of year it was.....


2 comments:

  1. What a race! I can only imagine the trials everyone (and their dogs) faced. Thanks for sharing these photos!

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  2. I haven't followed reports on the race this year so I wasn't aware of how bad the conditions were. It must have been very disappointing for the racers after preparing so long.

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