The morning of Wednesday has brought with it some new stories and interesting developments along the Iditarod trail.
Nancy Yoshida, a rookie Iditarod musher, scratched this morning after crashing in the Happy River Gorge. After reportedly getting stuck in the Gorge around midnight of Tuesday, a rescue was quickly orchestrated in order to get Nancy and her dogs out of the area safely.
Although heavy snows are making for slow trails – the front runners are still setting a quick pace. Aaron Burmeister was the first to reach Takotna and was awarded the prestigious Penair Spirit of Alaska Award. He was soon joined by Hugh Neff, Sebastian Schnuelle, Lance Mackey and Jeff King.
Mushers will begin taking their mandatory 24 layovers anywhere from Takotna to Iditarod, largely dependent upon trail conditions.
- Burmeister First Into McGrath & Wins Spirit of Alaska Award
- Nancy Yoshida Scratches in Rainy Pass – Iditarod 2009
- The 2009 Iditarod Sled Dog Race – And So It Begins
- Cain Carter Wins 2009 Jr Iditarod Sled Dog Race
- 2009 Iditarod Teacher On the Trail Selected