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a man feeds his dogs

A tight pack of top Iditarod teams eye their next move at the halfway mark

Iditarod contenders are recalibrating their race strategies as the trail pushes through its most remote stretches.
A person in a black underwear suit drinks coffee as others walk through the door

At the Takotna checkpoint, Iditarod mushers indulge in sleep and pies

The only things that disrupted the peace: mushers snoring.
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Iditapod: Run, rest, eat and repeat

In this episode, we hear from Iditarod mushers in the midst of their required 24-hour layovers and from our current Red Lantern musher. We also have a chat with a former top 10 musher who’s returning to the race and running a team of mostly rookie dogs, plus a look at the Iditarod's new pilot program for tracking dropped dogs. And as always we have our Dog of the Day -- not a new dog but a dog who got a new name -- and a listener question with answers from several mushers this time. (Hint: This one might make you hungry).
A woman in a blue hat hols a ziploc bag filled with an oatmeal bar

Favorite trail snack? 5 Iditarod mushers weigh in

From sweet and sour chicken to dried mangoes, there’s a variety of food in mushers’ vacuum-sealed bags.
the Burled Arch in Nome

One less hotel leaves Nome with fewer Iditarod beds

Space could be short for visitors to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's finish in Nome.
A person holds a bag with the number 24

Iditarod tests out tracking collars for dogs sent home from the trail

After an incident last year in which a dog escaped, officials are trying to attach tracking collars to all dogs left behind at checkpoints.
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Senior, who’s so good he got a new name

Hunter Keefe’s dog Senior brings years of Iditarod experience to his musher’s rookie run.
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It’s eat, rest and repeat as Iditarod teams take their 24-hour stops

As the race transitions from big mountains and technical terrain into the heart of Alaska’s Interior, mushers are watching their teams come into race form.
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Iditarod rookie Gregg Vitello has had a heck of a ride

Gregg Vitello was the last musher into Nikolai. He's had his fair share of troubles on the trail.
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Iditapod: The dog days of Iditarod

Iditarod mushers are making decisions about where to stop for their mandatory 24-hour rests, some opting to take that break earlier than planned, as the teams continue to contend with warm weather. The village of Nikolai is also fully open to visitors for the first time in three years of COVID-19 restrictions, and that's where some mushers were dealing with busted sleds and their own bruised bodies. In this episode, we also get into how the race shapes up after those 24-hour layovers and how the weather is expected to change for the cooler. Plus, we have a speedy Dog of the Day -- Matt Failor's Mach 10 -- who's learning to slow down, plus a listener question, a musher answer and a follow-up to yesterday's question about adopting retired sled dogs.
A woman lies in straw behind a dog sled and in front of a team of dogs

Photos: After mud and moguls, Iditarod teams recover in Nikolai

Mushers slept. Dogs slept. And sled repairs got underway.
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Mach 10, mastering the art of slowing down

Iditarod musher Matthew Failor is excited that his leader Mach 10 has picked up a new skill: the art of the trot.
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After years of COVID restrictions, Nikolai meets Iditarod with cautious optimism

The Iditarod this year looks almost exactly as it did pre-pandemic.
A dog team runs up the banks of the Kuskokwim River.

How bad are the Iditarod trail moguls? Depends who you ask.

Iditarod officials had warned mushers that the trail into Nikolai would have the worst moguls in race history.
A man with curly hair and a mullet and sunglasses sits on a pad

Iditapod: Hot doggin’ and leapfroggin’

Iditarod teams are contending with warm weather in the thousand-mile race, many choosing to run in the cool of night as much as possible. We'll talk about that in this episode, plus a little about what other sports some mushers have participated in outside of mushing. We have another Dog of the Day -- this time, a trusty leader named JoAnna and, as always, a listener question.
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Triathletes, boxers and skiers: How different sports help these Iditarod mushers compete

This year’s mushers include a former all-conference football player, an Ironman triathlete and a member of a national championship ski team.
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JoAnna, a hyper-obedient leader

Once JoAnna gets going, she doesn’t stop. 
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Iditarod mushers cope with warm temperatures as they arrive at Alaska Range

Mushers shrugged off jackets and dogs sunbathed in the snow as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees — hot by Alaska winter standards.
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Photos: Iditarod mushers shrug off jackets and sled dogs sunbathe

The Rainy Pass checkpoint is about 150 miles into the race and, tucked into the Alaska Range, it’s a scenic place to rest.
Two dogs wearing bright orange booties smile wide in their harnesses.

Iditapod: One paw in front of the other

Iditarod mushers took their sled dog teams on an untimed, celebratory fun run from downtown Anchorage on the city’s trails, with hundreds of fans cheering along the way. We hear from mushers and fans – maybe the pitter patter of little dog feet – as well as a joyful bride, a grumpy bear, a curious moose (or three), a former Miss Alaska and her mom, who had a fox on her head, and more!