The Daily 5: Mushers arrive in Skwentna, a special autograph & an Iditarod forecast
Here are five things to know for Monday on Day 2 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race:
1. Race Outlook: Mushers arrive in Skwentna
Mushers and their dog teams were running through the night.
With all 14 dogs, Jessie Holmes was the first to arrive at the checkpoint in Skwentna. He said he stopped three times along the 72 miles of trail from the restart in Willow to feed his dogs. He decided to stay in Skwentna and rest for six hours.
"I think more [rest] right now will help us later," he said.
Holmes, 37, placed seventh in the 2018 Iditarod, earning the Rookie of the Year award.
Some mushers will choose to rest in Skwentna, others will continue on. Different strategies are already starting to take hold.
Matt Hall and Nicolas Petit chose to keep going past the checkpoint, however Hall rested outside of the checkpoint, according to Iditarod.com's GPS tracker, while Petit kept his team moving.
2. A special autograph
As Holmes looked after his dog team and answered questions from reporters Sunday night, a young Jacob Bush approached Holmes and asked him to sign a monopoly board.
Several other mushers signed the board at the checkpoint.
3. Race Forecast
As the 52 mushers continue the tough task ahead of them, weather will be a significant driver in how each team fares. Thankfully the next day or two will be manageable, with any significant weather event holding off until the middle of the week.
4. Dog of the Day
Quintes is five years old and is running his third Iditarod as a lead dog with musher Anna Berington.
Fun fact: He comes from a Wade Marrs bloodline.
"He's got a little bit of an attitude so he doesn't get along with everybody, but he likes the girls," she said. "He's a good hugger and a good kisser."
5. Images from the restart in Willow
Following the official start of the Iditarod in Willow, 52 mushers and their dog teams are headed to Nome.
Hundreds of fans showed up to cheer them on with signs, smiles and even dance.
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