As a recent subscriber to The Anchorage [Alaska] Daily News, I have been reading about the yearly Iditarod. Now in its 38th year, this newspaper reports on the following brief blurbs. I hope you enjoy reading this. It is simple, to the point, and honest to goodness fun with a pot o’ gold! Enjoy! AR.
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Iditarod 38 ——————————————
March 11, 2010
Iditarod: Day 5 (McGrath and Takotna)
Hugh Neff gets a kiss form Geronimo at the Takotna, Alaska, checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Geronimo was born of Annie, Neff’s main leader. A number of Annies offspring are on his team, which he calls “Annie’s Army.”
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The Sled Blog
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Pack of Iditarod icons bears down on leaders
Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race halfway prize for reaching the Cripple checkpoint first early this morning, but a small cavalry of some of the best mushers in the world were on their sleds out of Ophir well before dawn, bearing down on the leaders.
Battered but not beaten, mushers, dogs rest
Resting dog teams practically outnumbered local residents Wednesday in Takotna where retired pathologist and 69-year-old musher Jim Lanier sat in the tribal hall after finishing a burger.
Iditarod mystery: How long is the Iditarod?
Many Iditarod junkies wonder exactly how far is it to Nome. The Iditarod Trail Committee claims 1,149 miles on both its northern and southern routes — an effort to ensure the distance includes 49 (for the 49th state) and exceeds the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks.
Baker delays 24-hour rest, eyes halfway prize
While most Iditarod front-runners were in the middle of their 24-hour layovers in Takotna, Ophir or McGrath, John Baker of Kotzebue struck out alone for Cripple, the abandoned mining town where he should be able to claim the $3,000 halfway prize.
Gatt, Smyth first to Ophir
As many top mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race caught up on sleep, food and relaxation in the comfortable village of Takotna, Hans Gatt of Whitehorse and Cim Smyth of Big Lake pushed ahead to Ophir in the early morning hours.
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