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  • Iditarod

    Injured musher beating the odds returns home

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 05, 7:10

    Despite having three broken vertebrae, musher Karin Hendrickson is exceeding medical expectations and was released from Alaska Regional Hospital Thursday night. “I’m not messing around, I’ve got stuff to do,” Hendrickson said. Her friend Jennifer Hawks said she was surprised by the early release. “I didn’t believe her until I came here and talked to […]

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    More money to top finishers, improved course for Iditarod 2015

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 02, 22:52

    Mushers now have 70,000 reasons to want to win the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Officials with Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race announced Tuesday that the 2015 winner will receive $70,000, which is about $20,000 more than what the 2014 winner took home. “Running this race is an expensive proposition,” said the race’s chief […]

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    Iditarod renews TV deal with Sportsman

    by Associated Press on Oct 01, 16:06

    Organizers of Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have renewed a deal with the Sportsman Channel. The agreement announced Wednesday continues a national television presence for the nearly 1,000-mile trek across sometimes unforgiving terrain. The network maintains its status as the official network of the race from Anchorage to the old gold rush town […]

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    Musher honored for blazing Iditarod trail

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 24, 18:29

    The Wasilla Musher’s Wall of Fame added a new face over the weekend. Jujiro Wada was considered by many to be a pioneer of the Iditarod trail and a legend in the dog mushing culture in Alaska. Born in Japan, Wada stowed away on a boat headed for San Francisco where he was shanghighed and forced […]

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    King describes scratch decision

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 16, 9:58

    ANCHORAGE – After scratching from Iditarod 42 within 30 miles of Nome, four-time champion Jeff King described the conditions surrounding his withdrawal from the Last Great Race. Buffeted by gale-force winds on the trail to Safety, King said his dogs were unable to continue and he was forced to set off towards the checkpoint on […]

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    Marcelle Fressineau wins Iditarod 42 Red Lantern

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 15, 21:15

    ANCHORAGE – Marcelle Fressineau Bib #50 won the Iditarod 42 Red Lantern award Saturday evening. Fressineau is the 49th and final musher to cross the burled arch. The 59-year-old Swiss-born Canadian musher arrived in Nome at 7:42 p.m. Her total race time was 13 days, 4 hours, 42 minutes and 8 seconds. The Red Lantern […]

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    Jeff King speaks about safety at Safety

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 15, 18:18

    ANCHORAGE – Many people have been wondering exactly what four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King went through Monday night near Safety that made the race leader and veteran musher scratch so close to the finish. Cllick the play button on the video box to watch.

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    Three teams in the running for Red Lantern

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 15, 13:23

    ANCHORAGE – Rookie Elliot Anderson scratched early Saturday morning, leaving three teams in the running for the Iditarod 42 Red Lantern. The 22-year-old from Big Lake had been the top contender for the Red Lantern, awarded to the last to team to successfully reach Nome. Anderson scratched at Golovin around 1 a.m., race officials said. […]

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    Third Seavey finishes Iditarod 42

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 14, 6:24

    ANCHORAGE – Veteran racer Danny Seavey became the third member of the mushing family to finish the 2014 Iditarod, crossing the finish line shortly after 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Ending his third Iditarod in 35th place with eight dogs, he said the persistent winds and poor weather made the trail hard to find. “Since Unalakeet there […]

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    Photographer captures decades of Iditarod history

    by James Gaddis on Mar 13, 10:18

    ANCHORAGE – Mushers and dogs weren’t the only ones braving the trail to Nome over the past several weeks: The official photographer of the Iditarod has been capturing the race since 1981. Jeff Schultz – who’s working on self-publishing a book on the Last Great Race – says there’s one thing he loves about the […]

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    Iditarod rookie on track to claim Red Lantern

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 13, 7:09

    ANCHORAGE – Elliot Anderson, a 22-year-old rookie racer from Big Lake, was the only musher to leave Shaktoolik Thursday morning. Racing squarely at the back of the pack, Anderson is currently the top contender for the Iditarod 42 Red Lantern, awarded to the last team to successfully reach Nome. Since Dallas Seavey’s seven-dog team won […]

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    Teacher on the trail

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 12, 19:10

    NOME – One of the greatest things about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is its commitment to education. Jennifer Reiter traveled more than 5,000 miles for a lesson plan and has been Skyping with dozens of classes during the race. A third grade teacher in Baltimore, Md., she’s used the Iditarod for many years […]

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    Burled arch welcome sight for Iditarod teams

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 12, 5:58

    NOME – The mushers who drove down Front Street after Iditarod 42 champion Dallas Seavey Tuesday didn’t claim the top prize, but they were escorted by police and welcomed to Nome by the familiar sound of the finish-line air horn. “It’s always quite emotional,” said race veteran Hans Gatt, who finished this year’s race in […]

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    Burmeister reaches finish line with cheering section waiting for him

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 11, 23:03

    NOME –  Aaron Burmeister is an Iditarod finisher again. When he got to Nome Tuesday night, he had a cheering section waiting for him. “It’s just incredible to be back home again,” Burmeister said. “This is one trip that I never thought was going to end. It was one thing after another.” His race time […]

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    Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod XLII

    by Associated Press on Mar 11, 4:16

    NOME, Alaska (AP) – Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace and took the lead just hours before the finish to win this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Seavey was the first musher under the famed burled arch in Nome. He had to come from a three-hour deficient to overcome mushers Jeff King and Aliy […]

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    Seavey, Zirkle race to Nome

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 11, 2:46

    Iditarod XLII nears the finish. Dallas Seavey leads the race to Nome with Aliy Zirkle not far behind. At 1:16 a.m.Tuesday morning, Seavey decided to push through the severe wind conditions at Safety. Nearly 20 minutes later Zirkle decided to make her move. According to Iditarod Insider’s GPS, Seavey has 30 miles left to Nome, […]

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    Jeff King scratches from Iditarod XLII

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 11, 1:18

    Jeff King scratched from Iditarod XLII around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, 3.7 miles before reaching the Safety checkpoint. Race officials say the severe winds made it hard for King to navigate the trail. King stayed with his team for nearly two hours before asking a snowmachiner to help take him to the checkpoint. Fellow mushers out […]

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    Zirkle takes last-minute lead

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 10, 22:53

    NOME – Mushers are in the home stretch of Iditarod 42. For most of Monday it looked like Jeff King would get his fifth win, but that all changed late in the evening when Aliy Zirkle captured a last-minute lead. Before they took off from White Mountain, Sports Director Dave Goldman caught up with the […]

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    Kelly Maixner scratches

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 10, 21:53

    ANCHORAGE - Kelly Maixner scratched from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Monday. He scratched around 8 p.m. about a mile and a half before reaching Golovin. Maixner cited difficulty traveling against a crosswind while on the ice as the reason for pulling out, according to a release from race officials. A local resident took Maixner […]

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    Dietary restrictions not a problem for rookie musher

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 10, 21:01

    ANCHORAGE – Even though they’re in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, some mushers aren’t finding it difficult to stick to dietary restrictions. Rookie Katherine Keith sent out vacuum-packed gluten-free meals to eat on the trail. She says it took a bit of planning before the race to get everything prepared. Keith says some of […]