John Baker arrives in Koyuk

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

At 7:48 AM Alaskan time John Baker checked into the koyuk checkpoint  

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Dallas and Aily are in Koyuk

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

Aily arrived 14 minutes after Dallas in Koyuk but completed the trip in almost exactly one hour less than Dallas, which is remarkable. Both will now rest for a few hours and then get going again to get to White Mountain for the final mandatory rest of 8 hours and whoever hits White Mountain first gets out of there first so the leading teams will try to put some trail milage between them as usually the field does not change much after White Mountain but again this year has shown a few surprises already so who knows :).

 

Mike

Dallas is off the ice and back on more or less solid ground

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

He has another 7 miles to go and Aily Zirkle is hot on his tail as she has closed the gap into the single digits now traveling slightly faster than Dallas she is now a mere 8 miles behind him.

 

Dallas Seavey is almost across the Bering See and in Koyuk

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

The current leader Dallas Seavey (Bib 34) is about 30 miles from Koyuk, Aily Zirkle (Bib 14) follows closely and is catching up with him, currently 11 miles behind him. In third place is Aaron Burmeister (Bib 44), he is 22 miles behind Dallas.

 

 

Jeff King scratches surprisingly

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

In Unalakleet Jeff has decided to scratch from the race with 13 dogs in the team.

He had a pretty good run up until then but had to take long breaks in between runs.

UPDATE: In an interview he told that the dogs had caught some stomach virus and developed a bad case of the runs. As a result of that the team did not eat to well and Jeff chose to scratch for the well being of his dogs.

Too bad for his comeback attempt this year.

Dallas Seavey the new leader

Mar - 12 2012 | no comments | By

Dallas Passes through the Shaktolik checkpoint and is now crossing the frozen sea waters of the Bering Sea heading for Koyuk. Aaron Burmeister is second and Aily Zirkle is about 20 minutes behind him.

 

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Unalakleet the leaders on the coast

Mar - 11 2012 | no comments | By

The cold cannot be underestimated as a critical element in this segment of the race. All four front runners admitted that gear was tested. John Baker, who is probably more habituated and attuned to cold weather than anyone, was using gloves in the checkpoint chute to take off dog boots. Usually he is seen barehanded, casually attending to dog chores.

Burmeister and Seavey will rest as long as possible in Unk. If Baker and Zirkle allow it, Seavey hopes to get 4 hours rest, which he feels is sufficient to recharge his already animated team

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Aily Zirkle just through Unalakleet

Mar - 11 2012 | no comments | By

Aily just went through the Unalakleet checkpoint approximately 10 miles ahead of the next racer John Baker, last years champion.

It definitely looks like her strategy olong runs and little rest at checkpoints, resting along the trail paid off.

 

Mike

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Aily Zirkle is on the Yukon

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

Aily Zirkle is on her way on the frozen Yukon River, leading the race once again.

 

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Mitch Seavey is in Ruby

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

Mitch Seavey has arrived in Ruby.

Next step is the Yukon.

Mike

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