Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Always Amazing Iditarod Run 2013

A female Musher, Aliy Zirkle age 43 of Two Rivers Alaska, is in the lead currently with another 326 miles to go.  Her team is making about 5 miles an hour.  When she left the Kaltag checkpoint she was down to 13 dogs from a start of 16 dogs.  Aaron Burmeister is second, and Martin Buser whose has won the Iditarod four times is third.

The lead mushers still have the Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Kpyuk, Elim, White Moutain, and Safety checks points to pass before arriving in Nome for the finish of the 998 mile run.  This year being an odd year the mushers follows the southern route once leaving Ophir to Kaltag instead of the northern route.  There is only a difference of ten miles between the two routes but by using the southern route it allows the mushers to pass thru Iditarod the namesake of the run.

The first musher to reach Nome will win $50,400 and a new 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.
The race began with 66 teams at a ceremonial start in Anchorage March 2.

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