The Daily 5: Kaiser leads into Koyuk, hygiene on the trail & a cooler forecast
Here are five things to know for Monday on Day 9 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race:
1. Race Outlook: Kaiser leads into Koyuk
Petit had a two-hour lead on the three mushers behind him as he left Shaktoolik Sunday.
GPS tracking on Iditarod.com now shows Peter Kaiser in the lead near the Koyuk checkpoint, with Joar Leifseth Ulsom running not far behind.
Jessie Royer is in third and Nicolas Petit is listed as resting between Shaktoolik and Koyuk.
In an interview with Iditarod Insider, Petit said the dogs took off out of Shaktoolik "like a rocket" and then lost speed. He surmised that it was likely because they went to a cabin in the area last year. He said one dog jumped on another — the dog had been "picking on" the other during the race — and the whole team stopped after hearing Petit yelling at the two.
"Everybody heard Daddy yelling which doesn't happen and they wouldn't go anymore, anywhere," Petit said.
2. Iditarod Forecast
While no advisories are in place across the remainder of the Iditarod Trail, breezy winds and snow showers are still expected through the day. Temperatures are expected to be cooler as mushers travel along the flat and icy path, with an additional 2 inches of snowfall likely.
Visibility could be reduced at times with breezy winds through the day leading to blowing snow. Thankfully the cooler weather and overcast skies will help keep the dogs cooler than the warmer journey through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
3. In villages along the Iditarod Trail, cake walks layer tradition with community
The small Western Alaska town of Unalakleet, nestled on the shores of Norton Sound, is know for its abundant king crab and salmon seasons. It's a tight-knit community; when someone is in need, everybody helps out.
For decades, residents have performed cake walks for families who've fallen on hard times.
"When we are going to have a funeral for a family, we try to build up some money for the donations," community elder Theresa Nanouk said. "We help the family out."
4. Hygiene on the trail
Cinematographer David Poyzer captured this beautiful slow-motion shot of Joar mushing into Unalakleet... wait... is he brushing his teeth? We asked his partner Mille Porsild about Joar’s dental hygiene on the trail.
5. Dog of the Day
Mayhem is a yearling running with musher Kristy Berington. When she gets older, Berington plans to let Mayhem try leading.
"She just wants to run," Berington said.
Mayhem is part of the "trouble" litter. Her siblings are named Chaos, Ruckus, Havoc and Rampage.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Petit's dogs had gotten into a fight. Information about the incident has been clarified.
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