Monday, March 07, 2016

Iditarod - 2016



Hugh Neff, bib number 70, is in the lead today as he has left Rainy Pass

Hugh Neff, 47, was born in Tennessee. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois and attended Loyola Academy and the University of Illinois. Before moving to Alaska in 1995, Hugh worked as a professional golf caddy in Evanston, Illinois. Since moving to Alaska, he lived in numerous Interior Athabaskan villages and moved to Tok in 2010. He says he loves the people and loves the area. He began mushing in 1995, and after reading “Iditarod Classics” by Lew Freedman, he became interested in running the Iditarod. Hugh has competed in twenty-four 1,000 mile races since 2000, 14 Yukon Quests and 10 Iditarod’s. He won the Yukon Quest in 2012. He lists his occupation as public speaker and writer, which he’s been doing the last 15 years. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Tok Dog Mushers and says he “loves to make people smile.” Hugh says, “I love the Iditarod Trail and I love my dogs. I can’t wait to return to Nome!”

It is 36 degrees in Anchorage


This year there is additional concern over Drones; Cathy Cahill,  Director
of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, spoke to the Press about the possible interference of drone use on the trails or elsewhere. She explained that per FAA regulations, “drones are not allowed to fly over crowds and that video or
photos taken via unmanned aircraft are not to be disseminated without the permission of the subjects.”




CheckpointDistance from start
Anchorage0
Campbell Airstrip 11
Willow11
Yentna53
Skwentna83
Finger Lake123
Rainy Pass153
Rohn188
Nikolai263
McGrath311
Takotna329
Ophir352
Cripple425
Ruby495
Galena545
Nulato582
Kaltag629
Unalakleet714
Shaktoolik754
Koyuk804
Elim852
White Mountain898
Safety953
Nome975



 

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