In the six years since John Baker in 2011 broke Lance Mackey’s run of wins, no one not named Seavey has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Dallas Seavey (left) has won four times and father Mitch Seavey (right) has won twice (he also has a win in 2004 for a total of three … Continue reading Dallas Seavey stands accused of doping his Iditarod dogs.
March 15, 2017 14:02:45 The Top 13 teams in the 2017 Iditarod Sled Dog Race have now passed under the burled arch in Front St in Nome, after 979 miles of racing in very cold temperatures that, however, made for a good trail. 1. Mitch Seavey in 8d 3h 40m 13s RECORD 2. Dallas Seavey 3. Nicolas Petit 4. Joar … Continue reading Report Card: Predicting the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, by Andre Jute
The famous 1000 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska is one of the few top sports in which women compete as equals. There is no separate entry list for women. They must compete with some of the hardest men, and definitely the toughest terrain, anywhere in the world. But in Alaska men are men, … Continue reading Iditarod: Three Women in Top Ten before White Mountain. Andre Jute reports.
The youngsters don’t have Mitch Seavey’s raw speed. All Mitch needs at White Mountain is half an hour of clean air behind him, then he can put the win in his pocket with well-rested dogs sprinting the 77 miles to Nome. Only the weather or tired dogs refusing to run can now stop … Continue reading IDITAROD ANALYSIS BEFORE WHITE MOUNTAIN. Andre Jute thinks Mitch Seavey’s raw speed will be decisive.
A reader of IDITAROD a novel of the Greatest Race on Earth and follower of the page on which many people follow the race, quotes this post I made: >> IDITAROD STANDINGS >> March 12, 2017 15:21:38 >> All out of Kaltag. >> 1. Mitch Seavey 0440 >> 2. Dallas Seavey 0445 — and then … Continue reading Adverse weather and smart dogs can still stop a Seavey winning the Iditarod again. Andre Jute investigates.
The Iditarod Trail Committee publishes race standings, but until the mushers check in at White Mountain, those are just the order on the trail. The only true comparison is between mushers who have taken the 24 hour mandatory break and have both either taken or not taken the mandatory 8 hour break. The real leader … Continue reading How to discover who really leads the Iditarod. Andre Jute does the math.
This is as frightening a collection of smiling (they all have sponsors) hard cases as any Iditarod defending champion would rather not meet on the trail.
[Part 1 of 2. Tomorrow: Who can upset the Seavey applecart?] The Seaveys have won the last five Iditarod Sled Dog Races, father Mitch once in 2013, son Dallas four times, including a hat-trick in the last three years. Dallas (left) was the youngest ever winner in 2012, and holds the record for the fastest time, … Continue reading Can one of the Seaveys win the Iditarod, again? Andre Jute investigates.
Actually, the first thing the Iditarod Sled Dog Race watcher needs is enough sleep, especially towards the end, when it can get very tense whether your favorite starts the compulsory 8-hour rest close enough to the front runners to catch them on the short final stretch to Nome. Newcomers to this tense race are then tempted … Continue reading Surviving the Iditarod by intelligent information flow. Andre Jute reports.
In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at this point the musher runs along rolling low wooded hills and ridges, really quite pleasant, then the dog team crests one last forested ridge and enters the alien hell of the Farewell Burn. This is the grim remnant of Alaska’s largest forest fire, a million and a half … Continue reading The Farewell Burn, Alaska, an Iditarod Trail painting by Andre Jute
2016 IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE RESULT 1 Dallas Seavey, new record of 8d 11h 20m 16s 2 Mitch Seavey 3 Aliy Zirkle 4 Wade Marrs 5 Peter Kaiser 6 Joar Leifseth Ulsom Congratulations all round! A few points are worth making. This year I chose a likely top ten before the race. Five of the … Continue reading 2016 IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE RESULT. New Race Record!
14 March 2016 1355 Alaskan Time Dallas Seavey, into White Mountain at 0948, has left a wake-up call for 1430. He can leave, his mandatory 8hr rest expired, at 1748. Mitch Seavey, in at 1027, and Brent Sass, in at 1140, will be 39m and 1h52m behind him when they exit White Mountain. Aliy Zirkle, … Continue reading Will the 2016 Iditarod be another Seavey benefit? Race hots up unbearably.
13 March 2016 1432 Alaskan Time In his record year of 2014 Dallas Seavey left Shaktoolik on the Sunday morning at 1028. This year he left at 1027. That record year he left Shaktoolik with 13 dogs. This year he has 9. He says he likes a light team for a fast end run. However … Continue reading Is this a close Iditarod, or is it close? Is a new record looming?
12 March 2016 1316 Alaskan Time The last third of the Iditarod splits into three parts, of which the middle part is fixed and the final part can either be controlled by a dominant musher or deliver vast surprises, as in 2014, when first Jeff King and then Aliy Zirkle, in turn apparent champions, were … Continue reading Andre Jute explains why the Iditarod winner starts his home run earlier every year
IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE Sass and Zirkle grab lead in Iditarod 10 March 2016 1620 Alaskan Time Now it gets a bit confused. The starting time differential is taken into account during the mandatory 24hr stopover. The 8hr stopover must be taken on the Yukon, so Jeff King, taking his 24 hours in Ruby … Continue reading Sass and Zirkle grab strategic lead in Iditarod
In theory any of the 85 runners can win but many know that just finishing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a higher accolade than is available in almost any other sport. Realistically, even with catastrophic lack of snow on the trail to create upsets, most literally and dangerously, the winner will come from … Continue reading Who can win the Iditarod?
I first heard about the Iditarod in 1978 at a regatta in Seattle, when a journalist told me, “There’s a little race up in Alaska that is also tough.” I couldn’t resist going to look. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the greatest athletic test in the world for man, woman or dog. It … Continue reading Join Andre for the Iditarod, the Greatest Race on Earth
Everyone knows why no one races in the modern Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race under Bib No. 1, right? It belongs to the late great Leonhard Seppala, hero of the 1925 “Serum Run” from Seward to Nome. But did you know there is a musher with no bib, no number? His name is Negeqvak, and last … Continue reading Negeqvak, the racer without a bib, biggest threat to every would-be Iditarod champion
No, it isn’t a computer game. It is a real race, the toughest and most dangerous race in the world, running a thousand miles behind a dogsled across the tundra of Alaska, within spitting distance of the Arctic Circle, all the way from Fairbanks to Nome. This is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, famous … Continue reading Risking everything to reach White Mountain first. André Jute explains the Iditarod end game.
Every year I take a busman’s holiday at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. I have a page that helps people follow the race. In theory my presence and the helpful page promotes my novel about the race. In practice the book, long since a best seller, promotes itself, and is anyway better promoted by … Continue reading Come join me at the IDITAROD: The greatest race on earth since Marathon — and a bookie’s nightmare