Mar - 07 2012

The Top 15 mushers are in Takotna now. It remains to be seen who stays the 24 hours and who moves on. I can see Lance Mackey is still in McGrath and can imagine him going through to Ophir for his 24 hour rest or even further if the trail permits. Current Standings as of […]

Mar - 07 2012

The first 4 are in Takotna. Wonder who will take the 24 hour layover. Presumably the trail gets worse from here on with 2 feet of fresh snow and wind blowing like crazy.   More as things progress.   Mike

Mar - 07 2012

The trail seems to get faster and faster as the top group blows through checkpoint after checkpoint. Check out the top 27 teams below   Pos Musher Bib Checkpoint In   Out   Rest In Chkpt Time Enroute         Time Dogs Time Dogs     1 Aliy Zirkle 14 McGrath 3/6/2012 20:32 […]

Mar - 06 2012

Aliy Zirkle’s push to the front into Nikolai has given my pundits new found fodder, a virtual plethora of possibilities, for rumination. Personally, I love this part of the race, the posturing that is required to be placed for the possibility—not the certainty— of a play that could win the race. A theme is developing. […]

Mar - 06 2012

Looking at the times into Rohn—Monday evening Like so many fans, I just can’t help looking at the GPS little dots and the checkpoint times at my Insider account. Trying to wring some meaning from the thrusts and parries of front runners Hugh, Lance Mackey, Baker, and the presently unknown intentions of Aliy Zirkle (did […]

Mar - 06 2012

OK here is the low down from the last few hours, Aliy Zirkle has mushed into the lead by going through Rohn, Jeff King moved into 3rd place and Lance Mackey dropped back to 10th place. All in all there was a bit of a shuffle in the front of the pack and the other […]

Mar - 06 2012

Around 3 PM Alaskan Standard Time the leading group has moved out of Rainy Pass and is on the way to the next Checkpoint in Rhon. Many of the mushers took a break for a few hours to rest the dogs and re-stock the sleds. I am going to bed now  and will post another […]

Mar - 05 2012

Contrary to the initial forecast that led to the closedown of the Happy River Steps before the Race start, conditions on the trail have improved. As temperature dropped and the wind picked up the snow on the trail packed up nicely and teams are moving at a nice speed of an average of 13 km/h […]

Mar - 05 2012

The first 4 mushers have reached the Rainy Pass Checkpoint. Paul Gebhardt has dropped one dog in Finger Lake all others arrived with 16 dogs. Looking at the GPS Tracker. There are more already in Rainy Pass but the standings do not reflect that yet. I will refresh here as soon as the standings update. […]

Mar - 05 2012

They are now on their way to Rainy Pass through the Happy River Steps.   More detailed update tonight when I get to the Hotel.   Mike

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