Aily Zirkle the fastest team on the run from Cripple to Ruby

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

After resting her team for a little over 4 hours Aily has picked back up and is now racing towards Ruby at a pace of 8.7 mph. Compared to the others that is an average of 2 mph faster and more than twice as fast as the slowest on that part of the trail.

She won’t make it first to Ruby most likely but could push through as her dogs are rested and the others will have to take a break there for the most part. It is an interesting tactic that seems to pay of this year.

 

Mike

The trail between Cripple and Ruby gets crowded

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

there are now 20 teams en route to the Yukon river and the Ruby Checkpoint. While Aily Zirkle is still resting the Seaveys and John Baker passed her and move towards Ruby at a steady pace of around 7 miles per hour.

 

Mitch Seavey just passed Aliy Zirkle on the trail

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

The top four are on the way to Ruby and Mitch just passed Aliy who was resting on the trail.

Here is a snip from the GPS Live Tracker

 

The race is on again

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

Looking at the GPS Tracker I can see that there are 8 teams moving towards Ruby now while Lanier and Mackey seem to still rest in Cripple. Aliy is still in the lead with Mitch Seavey still around 6 miles behind her. John Baker has slowed down quite a bit and it looks like Dallas Seavey (Mitch’s son) will be passing him soon.

 

Bib Musher mph mile
14 Zirkle, Aliy 6.4 437
35 Seavey, Mitch 7.4 431
34 Seavey, Dallas 5.1 423
11 Baker, John 5.9 422
2 Redington Jr, Ray 0 413
44 Burmeister, Aaron 7.9 412
10 King, Jeff 6.3 402
17 Jonrowe, DeeDee 7.9 401
3 Lanier, Jim 0 397
5 Thurston, Tom 0 397
6 Bailey, Jodi 9.4 397
9 Petit, Nicolas 0 397
16 Herbst, Trent 0 397
18 Mackey, Lance 0 397
 

Four teams are out of Cripple and on their way to the next Checkpoint

Mar - 09 2012 | no comments | By

The teams of Aily Zirkle, Mitch Seavey, John Baker and Dallas Seavey have moved out of Cripple and are on their way to Ruby. A 70 mile run through soft and powdery snow.

Currently Aily is in the lead approximately 5 miles ahead of Mitch who is running at approximately the same speed as Aily.

The run to Cripple has cost many of the teams and lots of dogs have been dropped in Cripple and also before that in Takotna.

I will keep an eye on the tracker and update here as soon as something changes.

 

Mike

Criple drowns in snow

Mar - 08 2012 | no comments | By

Just read the latest news from the halfway checkpoint in Criple. Lots of fresh and dry powdery snow which makes the last 25 miles to the checkpoint tough on all teams. The first teams were expected around 1:30 Alaska time but that estimate will have to be revised. To what? Your guess is as good as mine. Meanwhile the back of the pack who spent the 24 hour rest in McGrath is now closing in on Takotna and Ophir slowly catching up with the leaders. Time to take my mandatory rest for today. Will come back with more info in the morning.

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Jim Lanier left Ophir

Mar - 08 2012 | no comments | By

Jim Lanier just headed out of Ophir towards Criple. Just 4h 53 minutes rest and he is moving down the trail again. Kudos to that.

Keep in mind he still has to take his 24 hour layover.

 

Mike

Silvia Furtwangler Scratches in Nikolai

Mar - 08 2012 | no comments | By

Silvia Furtwangler (Bib#54) scratched in Nikolai at 21:17 Alaska Time.  Furtwangler from Rauland, Norway made the decision to scratch due to concern for her health.  Furtwangler had 13 dogs on her team when she made the decision.

5 Teams went on to Ophir last night

Mar - 08 2012 | no comments | By

Jim Lanier, Trent Herbst, Ray Redington Jr., Martin and Rohn Buser made their way into Ophir last night to get the mandatory 24 hour rest behind them.

I am waiting for the teams in McGrath to get on their way and it is going to be interesting to see if Lance Mackey will be able to make up the time he lost while the others are resting. When he got into McGrath he said in an interview that 2 of his dogs were not running optimal even though they were healthy so he packed them into the sled bag on the way to McGrath in the hope that they would be able to keep running after a long and good rest.

Below are the current Note that Ray is still listed in Takotna in the table as I did not get the run times, in time for the post.

Pos

Musher

Bib

Checkpoint

In

 

Out

 

Rest In Chkpt

Time Enroute

       

Time

Dogs

Time

Dogs

   
1 Martin Buser 41 Ophir 3/7/12 12:19 15       3h 48m
2 Rohn Buser 62 Ophir 3/7/12 13:34 15       3h 49m
3 Jim Lanier 3 Ophir 3/7/12 18:32 14       3h 25m
4 Trent Herbst 16 Ophir 3/7/12 19:25 15       3h 20m
5 Aliy Zirkle 14 Takotna 3/6/12 23:30 16       2h 54m
6 Mitch Seavey 35 Takotna 3/7/12 0:09 16       2h 41m
7 John Baker 11 Takotna 3/7/12 0:09 14       2h 57m
8 Jeff King 10 Takotna 3/7/12 0:14 15       2h 44m
9 Dallas Seavey 34 Takotna 3/7/12 0:21 15       2h 24m
10 Ray Redington Jr 2 Takotna 3/7/12 1:27 16       2h 48m
11 Paul Gebhardt 25 Takotna 3/7/12 1:59 13       3h 7m
12 Hugh Neff 27 Takotna 3/7/12 2:12 14       3h 24m
13 Aaron Burmeister 44 Takotna 3/7/12 2:20 16       3h 2m
14 Sonny Lindner 59 Takotna 3/7/12 2:39 15       2h 43m
15 Gerry Willomitzer 23 Takotna 3/7/12 2:48 14       2h 43m
16 DeeDee Jonrowe 17 Takotna 3/7/12 3:04 16       2h 57m
17 Michelle Phillips 26 Takotna 3/7/12 3:11 16       2h 48m
18 Peter Kaiser 28 Takotna 3/7/12 3:21 14       2h 40m
19 Jake Berkowitz 29 Takotna 3/7/12 3:34 15       2h 41m
20 Rick Swenson 60 Takotna 3/7/12 3:55 15       3h 9m
21 Cim Smyth 8 Takotna 3/7/12 4:19 13       2h 49m
22 Sigrid Ekran 24 Takotna 3/7/12 4:23 14       2h 58m
23 Tom Thurston 5 Takotna 3/7/12 4:23 15       2h 50m
24 Brent Sass (r) 50 Takotna 3/7/12 4:27 15       3h 2m
25 Ramey Smyth 21 Takotna 3/7/12 4:50 13       3h 0m
26 “Michael Williams Jr.” 51 Takotna 3/7/12 4:55 15       2h 49m
27 Ken Anderson 39 Takotna 3/7/12 5:20 13       2h 56m
28 Josh Cadzow (r) 55 Takotna 3/7/12 5:23 12       2h 55m
29 Jodi Bailey 6 Takotna 3/7/12 5:32 15       3h 20m
30 Bruce Linton 36 Takotna 3/7/12 6:04 14       2h 48m
31 Wade Marrs 7 Takotna 3/7/12 7:01 14       3h 6m
32 Anjanette Steer (r) 32 Takotna 3/7/12 7:23 14       2h 47m
33 Curt Perano (r) 61 Takotna 3/7/12 12:43 15       3h 20m
34 Ryne Olson (r) 46 Takotna 3/7/12 12:48 14       2h 49m
35 Mike Santos (r) 22 Takotna 3/7/12 13:22 16       2h 25m
36 William Pinkham 4 Takotna 3/7/12 13:40 13       2h 54m
37 Ed Stielstra 45 Takotna 3/7/12 14:33 14       2h 53m
38 Scott Janssen 37 Takotna 3/7/12 14:46 14       3h 11m
39 Lachlan Clarke 66 Takotna 3/7/12 15:24 15       2h 56m
40 Karin Hendrickson 43 Takotna 3/7/12 15:50 14       2h 42m
41 Anna Berington (r) 33 Takotna 3/7/12 18:06 14       3h 8m
42 Kristy Berington 31 Takotna 3/7/12 18:08 16       3h 9m
43 Michael Suprenant 13 McGrath 3/7/12 19:30 13 3/7/12 19:34 13 0h 4m 6h 38m
44 Lance Mackey 18 McGrath 3/6/12 23:19 16       8h 29m
45 Kelley Griffin 20 McGrath 3/7/12 0:36 12       7h 28m
46 Nicolas Petit 9 McGrath 3/7/12 2:42 13       7h 15m
47 Colleen Robertia 42 McGrath 3/7/12 2:48 14       7h 4m
48 Ryan Redington 67 McGrath 3/7/12 3:10 12       7h 38m
49 Gerald Sousa 58 McGrath 3/7/12 5:32 14       7h 48m
50 Justin Savidis 38 McGrath 3/7/12 6:58 15       7h 35m
51 Braxton Peterson (r) 63 McGrath 3/7/12 8:00 15       6h 54m
52 Zoya DeNure 53 McGrath 3/7/12 10:50 15       7h 24m
53 Pat Moon (r) 15 McGrath 3/7/12 15:31 12       7h 19m
54 Matt Giblin 52 McGrath 3/7/12 16:17 16       6h 32m
55 Travis Cooper (r) 19 McGrath 3/7/12 16:48 15       6h 29m
56 Hank Debruin (r) 48 McGrath 3/7/12 16:52 14       8h 4m
57 Karen Ramstead 56 McGrath 3/7/12 17:26 16       8h 13m
58 “Art Church Jr” 64 McGrath 3/7/12 19:03 16       6h 18m
59 Jaimee Kinzer (r) 30 Nikolai 3/7/12 10:20 15 3/7/12 18:48 14 8h 28m 18h 32m
60 Kirk Barnum 47 Nikolai 3/7/12 11:24 15 3/7/12 19:38 14 8h 14m 16h 20m
61 Kelly Maixner 12 Nikolai 3/6/12 19:23 14       18h 31m
62 Matt Failor (r) 57 Nikolai 3/7/12 12:25 16       12h 40m
63 Jan Steves (r) 40 Nikolai 3/7/12 18:10 14       17h 18m
64 Bob Chlupach 49 Nikolai 3/7/12 18:10 15       17h 18m
65 Silvia Furtw„ngler (r) 54 Rohn 3/6/12 16:55 14 3/6/12 22:20 13 5h 25m 5h 48m
66 Dan Seavey 65 Rohn 3/6/12 18:29 14 3/7/12 7:11 14 12h 42m 4h 15m
 

24 hour rest in Takotna or not …

Mar - 07 2012 | no comments | By

As Aliy Zirkle continues to maintain a good and steady pace into Takotna she is followed by a close packed group of front running teams.

While Aliy goes through the Vet check at her parking spot more teams arrive. Most of them have been running for some time and will require a longer break here in the Takotna checkpoint where the dogs and the mushers can enjoy a hot meal and some well earned rest.

Some of the mushers like Lance Mackey seem to take a long break at McGrath probably counting on the other teams in the lead group to take the mandatory 24 hours, which is used to also offset the 2 minute staggered start difference and can last between 24 and 26+ hours depending on the starting position of the team on Sunday. Those musher resting now for longer will probably drive straight through Takotna and on to Ophir and then Cripple which is this year’s half way point, leaving all others in the dusty snow. At least that is my assumptions.

I am following the race now for 12 years or so, one way or the other but I have not seen many years where the teams have lasted that long into the race. Meaning we have only very few dropped dogs so far, Nobody has scratched yet and the trail seemed to have been super fast so far.

It is getting very exciting now and today and tomorrow will most likely develop the group of possible winners and reduce the number down to 3 or 4 contenders. But until then, everything is wide open to interpretation.

Mush on

 

Mike

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