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Post Posted: Feb 19, 2019 2:24 pm 
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:multi: I'm so excited about this year's race!
I purchased the Ultimate Insider Package again this year.
I love to have this race playing in the background as I do my taxes.

Only 55 mushers signed up this year and 3 have already withdrawn, leaving us with 52.
Only 10 rookies this year.

Lots of familiar names and fan favorites.
My all time fav is Aily Zirkle who won the YQ300 this month!! :applause:
I sure hope she wins the Iditarod this year! :praying:
I am so surprised to see Lance Mackey on the list!! :kewl: He has missed the past 3 years due to serious health issues. Good luck to you, Lance.

Lots of other favorites including:
Jeff King
Nic Petite
Joar Leifseth Ulsom - last year's winner
Jessie Holmes - last year's rookie of the year
The Barrington twins
Robert & Ryan Redington
Jessie Royer
Pete Kaiser
Mitch Seavey
to name a few...

:( Those missing from this year's mushers list include:
Dee Dee Janrow, as she has now retired
Dallas Seavey, he's planning to race in Norway's Finnmarkslopet race again this year
Allen Moore, not sure why. He came in 3rd in the YQ1000 this month
Hugh Neff, barred from racing due to concerns of poor dog care

:praying: Here's praying for lots of snow to fall between now and March 2nd!!
:praying: Here's praying to healthy dogs and mushers!
:multi: Can't wait for the excitement to begin :multi:


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Post Posted: Feb 19, 2019 5:41 pm 
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I am stunned to learn of Hugh Neff being barred. I am unable to copy and paste excerpts from the article or address, but for more details and his response, please google "News-Miner, Sports: Neff barred from races; wife Shank-Neff approved".

A terrible disappointment, but also an example of races putting the care of the dogs first.

Aside from that, I share your enthusiasm!! Hard to believe it's already that time of year!

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I can't find anything out about Rick Swenson. Do you know what he is doing, now?

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Not sure what to say about Hugh Neff. There are at least two sides to every story. However, erring on the side of the benefit of the dogs is always the right move, IMO.

Rick Swenson has not competed in years. He was on the Board of Directors, but not any more (lots of changes to the Board). I have no clue what he is doing now.

I find the politics around dog sledding to be rather distasteful and tend to pay it little mind.

I just hope that everyone runs a clean race and avoid harm and scandals this year.


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Nice article with interesting information

https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/ ... -dog-race/

Two new rules this year.
1.maximum number of dogs per team is 14 (reduced from 16)
2. if a dog dies during the race the musher will not be allowed to continue racing unless the death "was caused solely by unforeseeable, external forces"


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Interesting. I guess I missed it - why the drop to 14 from 16?

1/3 women? Remember when it was such a huge deal when Libby Reynolds won? As if it was unthinkable? :lol:

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I am not certain why they decreased the maximum number of dogs. Over the years I had heard that suggestion being made to slow down the pace of the race, which would be less stressful for all the dogs. Or it may have something to do with the effort/time required to do vet checks. Or due to the fact that about 30% of the dogs get dropped over the course of the race; that's a lot of dogs to care for and transport so that might play into it as well ...Just guesses ...

I think it is a big deal when a woman wins. There have only been 2 so far. Libby was the first and then Susan Butcher won 4 times. The last time Susan won was 1990. We are overdue for another woman winner. I think it will be Aliy Z but I'd be just as happy for Jesse Royer to win or one of the Berington twins.

Too bad DeeDee never won.

But statistically speaking, if 70% of the mushers are men then it is more likely the winner will be a man.


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Looks like Anna Stephan, 17, will win the Jr Iditarod.
Only 7 mushers in that race, 6 of which are female!


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That's fantastic!

Agreed about DeeDee. She seems like a very nice person. Her home was one that was destroyed in Willow in a fire a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly, she raced one year only a few weeks after chemotherapy for breast cancer.

One of her first races was the Beargrease in Minnesota. It was televised on a PBS special. It was tough for her and I remember thinking that she wouldn't be in racing for long. :lol: She might have been competing with Susan Butcher that year.

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Woohoo! The race starts this weekend!!

Tonight is the banquet where they select their starting order.
The ceremonial start in Anchorage is Saturday March 2 @ 10am (which is noon our time)
The restart in Willow is Sunday @ 2pm (that's 4pm our time)

All 3 will be broadcast on Iditarod.com


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Listening to some of the interviews from last night, I was a little surprised to hear that some of the mushers were not so happy about the reduction to 14 dogs.

I also got the impression that the trail has a fair amount of snow this year!! :snowflake: :jumping:

Looking forward to the ceremonial start tomorrow!

Dee Dee is going to be a reporter for the Race! Good for her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuSmHoSapTQ


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Cool! The vet's office has one of her bibs displayed in the outer office.

This year, Jeff Schultz, photographer, is going to "focus" on individuals in the race on his FB page. Should be interesting. https://www.facebook.com/jeffschultzphoto/

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