We’ve been having an awesome time watching the Iditarod again this year. While we definitely missed Jeff King, old favorites and new have definitely made this another amazing race. A few of the highlights…
- Our musher for trail mail this year was Martin Buser. Big huge excitement in the house when we got the news. He even kept us on the edge of our seats for a few days by leading the pack.
- Lance Mackey going for five in a row. It wasn’t meant to be due to massive problems with his team this year, but you’ve got to love him. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what he does next year.
- Injuries, oh my… Let me tell you, not a sport for the faint of heart. These are some very tough ladies and gents. At not even halfway through the race, Rick Swenson took a major tumble, jumped back up to chase his dogs down, and headed on to the next checkpoint where we found out he had a broken collar bone. He kept going and finished in a very respectable 20th place. Mitch Seavey almost cut his finger off while cutting open a hay bale and was forced to withdraw, but was back after a two-hour surgery to help out with the commentary.
- The small distance between the frontrunners this year kept everyone on their toes. Instead of the normal two or three out ahead there were at least ten solid mushers switching up positions.
- The ladies were out in full force this year with 15 mushers, four of whom finished in the top 20 at 10th, 11th, 12th, and 17th including one of our all-time favorites DeeDee Jonrowe. Not bad out 62 mushers! I also have to mention that DeeDee’s lead dog’s name was Dragon to Piper’s delight.
- Despite the relative warmth causing havoc with the dogs who run best at below zero temperatures, this was a record breaking race by no less than three hours.
- Watching John Baker stick to his plan despite Hugh Neff and others being right at his heels at times. Huge congratulations on a well-earned win.
Thanks once again to all of the Iditarod mushers for helping us get through these last days of winter with our own version of “March Madness”. We’ll be watching until the Red Lantern crosses the finish!