Dog team finishers....

Twelve dogs made it to Nome with Trent on Friday.   

Blast was the only veteran, and ran lead much of the race.  The other eleven finishers were all Iditarod rookies making their first finish.  Here they are below; Aurora, Billy, Blast, Fiona, Heart, Jasmine, Leia, Percy, Pudda, Reily, Ruby, and Rush.

Ayn, Hornet, Layla, and Kokomo all had sore shoulders and hopped off the bus on the trail.   All 16 dogs made it over 500 miles all the way to the Yukon River at Ruby.  14 made it over 700 miles to the Bering Sea Coast at Unalakleet.  

Lots of happy looking dogs on the video at the finish.   

Aurora

Billy

Blast

Fiona

Heart

Jasmine

Leia

Percy

Pudda

Reily

Ruby

Rush

Trent and the team finish in Nome!!

March 18

The team pulled under the burled arches and in to Nome at 641A AKT.   Twelve tails wagging, lead by Blast; Trent with some morning frost on the beard and great big smile.   We'll try to get a full roster of finishers shortly.  

The team's time over the 975 miles was 11 days, 15 hours, 41 minutes and they finished the race in 60th place among 71 teams who will finish the race and 85 teams who started.  It's Trent's 8th finish in 8 tries and his 2nd best race time.   

Video from the finish line below.  Looks like diplomas were handed out, sure that was after big hugs and a meat treat.  

Trent out of White Mountain and on way to Nome

March 18

Trent and the team checked out of White Mountain after their mandatory 8 hour rest there, at 914P AKT last evening (it's just past 1 AM there now).   All 12 dogs that checked in to White Mountain also checked out there, so it looks like 12 will make it to Nome.  It wiill be fun to see who they are later this morning.  

Trent's about 30 miles from White Mountain on the tracker after 4 hours of travel this evening.  At the 7.5 mph he is moving, and 75 miles of total travel White Mountain to Nome, that would put the journey at 10+ hours and him arriving sometime say 730AM+ AKT Friday morning in Nome.  

Try to watch Trent show up at the burled arches on the Iditarod Live webcam at http://iditarod.com/live/

I will also try to get a screen scrape of the video they take at the end and post it.  

I putzed some of the time of day descriptions on last post... this is better

March 17

The team left Elim this morning at 645A AKT and just arrived in White Mountain at 100P, in the afternoon, after a 6 hour 12 minute run over the 46 miles.  The team checked out of Elim with 12 dogs, looks like someone hooped off the bus there.  12 dogs checked in to White Mountain.  The team is in 60th  place of 71 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 898 of 975 and the next stop is Nome and the finish line.  White Mountain is a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Right now the weather in White Mountain (see below) is beautiful and sunny.  It should be a glorious, long nap in the sun for the dogs.  They will head back out on the trail at 9PM this evening and should be in Nome 10+ hours later at 7AM+ AKT on Friday (later and easier for folks in the lower 48).   Nome weather looks sunny and clear as well.   The coast to Nome is fickle, and I hate to jinx the team, but it looks like Chamber of Commerce weather and conditions from now to the finish, fingers crossed.  .  Here's hoping to see 12 happy pups and a ice-bearded madman at the burled arches then.  

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning. 

Trent and the team out of Elim and in to White Mountain

The team left Elim this morning at 645A AKT and just arrived in White Mountain at 100P, in the afternoon, after a 6 hour 12 minute run over the 46 miles.  The team checked out of Elim with 12 dogs, looks like someone hooped off the bus there.  12 dogs checked in to White Mountain.  The team is in 60th  place of 71 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 898 of 975 and the next stop is Nome and the finish line.  White Mountain is a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Right now the weather in White Mountain (see below) is beautiful and sunny.  It should be a glorious, long nap in the sun for the dogs.  They will head back out on the trail at 9PM this evening and should be in Nome 10+ hours later at 7AM+ AKT on Friday (later and easier for folks in the lower 48).   Nome weather looks sunny and clear as well.   The coast to Nome is fickle, and I hate to jinx the team, but it looks like Chamber of Commerce weather and conditions from now to the finish, fingers crossed.  .  Here's hoping to see 12 happy pups and a ice-bearded madman at the burled arches then.  

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning. 

Trent and team out of Koyuk and in to Elim

March 17

The team left Koyuk yesterday evening at 615P AKT and just arrived in Elim at 1205A, just past midnight, after a 5 hour 50 minute run.  The team checked in with all 13 dogs.   The team is in 61st place of 73 mushers still in the race.  

Elim is mile 852 of 975 so the team is getting down towards the end of the trail.  After a 6 hour or so rest tonight, they'll head out in the morning for another 46 mile, 6 hour run to White Mountain for a mandatory 8 hour rest.  Let's say they get in at noon, and then head back out tomorrow, Thursday night at 8PM.  It will take 10+ hours to get to final 75 miles to Nome.  If all goes well, they should be in Nome on Friday as early a 6AM, perhaps as late as 8AM AKT, projected no guarantees ;-)  For MT folks that's a civilized 8AM to 10 AM window.  

It looks like an ~11 day 18-20 hour or so finish which would be 2nd fastest for Trent in 8 completions, out of 8 tries. 

There is a live camera feed of the finish line at http://iditarod.com/live/  .    I think you can see the feed without a Iditarod Insider subscription.   Point your browser and watch Trent come to the finish Friday morning. 

Trent and team make Norton Sound crossing and in to Koyuk

The team arrived in Koyuk at 12:44P AKT this afternoon after a 6 hour crossing of the Norton Sound.  Always great news to finish that leg.   The team checked in with all 13 dogs.   I would expect they will get 6 hour or so rest and head the 50 miles to the next checkpoint at Elim.  The team is in 61st place of 73 mushers still in the race.  

Koyuk is mile 804 of 975 so the team is getting down towards the end of the trail.  After what is probably a 6 our run to Elim and a 6 hour rest, the team will take another 50 mile, 6 hour run to White Mountain for a mandatory 8 hour rest, then head out the final 75 miles to Nome.  If all goes well, they should be in Nome on Friday.  

Trent and team in to Shaktoolik

Trent and the team pulled in to Shaktoolik just before midnight AKT on 15th after a 5 hour 45 minute, 40 mile run form Unalakleet.  Trent is still in 61st place out of 73 mushers in the race.  Anxious to see if all 13 dogs leave the checkpoint tomorrow.

Expect Trent to get some rest and get a morning start for a daylight crossing of the open water across the Norton Sound.   

Again, the run from Shaktoolik to Koyuk is one of, if not the most iconic leg in the Iditarod.   Made famous by Leonhard Seppala in the great Serum Run of 1925 to deliver diptheria serum to quell an epidemic in Nome.  It is part of the heritage of the Iditarod and the run, and choice to move quicker over open sea is considered the greatest feat in the history of dog sledding.  

The spit town of Shaktoolik is the first picture below, seen from above.  The town is in a battle with global warming.  The map from GPS tracker shows overland path to Koyuk from Shak.  Let's hope for good weather and an easy crossing for the team tomorrow.