Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Iditarod Update II

Iditarod News can be found here and all these great images too...Above, Jim Lanier's all white team departs from Rainy Pass...Below, Mitch Seavey was the first into Rainy Pass. Lance Mackey is currently in first place and has covered over 250 miles since Sunday. He has dropped just one dog. Joe Garney and Tom Roig have both scratched due to health concerns for the dogs. Current Standings with musher links are HERE
This dog is called Shy Girl (sigh) she is running for Melissa Owens and her story is HERE . Below, is ZUMA, the Official Canine Reporter for the Race. He explains things very clearly in a super child friendly way.
THE WEATHER as of Monday:
, ALASKA - (Monday, March 3, 2008) - It’s day two of the 36th edition of “The Last Great Race On Earth” and Mother Nature is already getting into the race. Nikolai Alaska is the first checkpoint that is on the north side of the Alaska Range and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for at the next two days. Day time highs are expected to be in the low 30’s with night time lows dropping slightly into the lower 20’s. Snow is in the forecast as well.

McGrath temperatures are also expected to climb. Snow is also in the forecast. Unseasonably warmer temperatures look like the norm along the Kuskokwim River until temperatures begin to cool down on again on Thursday, March 6th.

You can watch updated weather along the Iditarod Trail at the StormReady Weather Center.This cute pup is an Iditarod Veteran. He is running for Paul Gebhardt. His name is Bear and you can pet him anywhere, just don't rub his head! His story is HERE.

Jeff Schultz's images from the trail are amazing. The photo above really captures the activity at most checkpoints. Dogs are fed, bedded down and get a well deserved break...

Don't forget to check out the final standings on the Iditarod Invitational; that crazy human powered race over this very same trail that is still in progress. Though the racers that set out for McGrath have all arrived (Jill's story is intense, and she is a great writer and rider, too! ) there are still many bikers, skiers, and believe it or not, walkers on their way to Nome- the race for those hardy souls is barely half over! News HERE. Leader Board HERE.

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