The End of the Game

As the world already knows, John Baker of Kotzebue has championed the 39th running of the Iditarod–he ran a brilliant race, and his dog team was one of the best to ever set foot on the Iditarod Trail. His mastery of the 2011 race will be writ down in the lore books as the fastest, most competitive, run in the history of the sport–setting a record that will be unlikely to be broken any time in the foreseeable future.

Ramey Smyth fought Baker with everything he had, running a stronger second half race from Anvik to Nome, but falling short of the mark after a titanic push up the Coast that got him awfully close to changing the narrative, but not close enough–his run was also a record, and his family and supporters can rest well knowing that this son of Alaskan pioneer blood poured out his all on the Iditarod Trail.

Hans Gatt claimed third with honor–I truly hope we have not seen the last of this master dog musher on the race trails of the Northland.

Young Dallas Seavey fought for and claimed 4th, securing his place in the halls of the masters–his future is bright indeed, and it was a true pleasure to watch this young champion continue to hone his skills among the mushing elite.

Hugh Neff continues to astonish with his smiling good humor and superb dog care–placing his stamp on fifth position, his fans and friends can walk away knowing this humble bushman has done his best, and also rest easy in the knowledge that his best mushing days still lay ahead in the years of long distance mushing that wait the future…

Sebastian Schnuelle brings in 6th position–this laughing, lovable man is one of the all time great characters of our sport. His race was a pleasure to watch unfold.

My wife and I have watched you all with the simple admiration of mushers who know exactly and with great certitude the true nature of you phenomenal achievements–on behalf of the Barron family, I wish you the best, and want you all to know how proud we are of each and every one of you–the ones finished as well as the ones still forging their way to Nome.

Today was a good day.

Thanks for tuning in–more to follow…

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8 Responses to “The End of the Game”

  1. Marlene Phillips-Daniels Reply March 15, 2011 at 21:57

    Well said, Jason. !!

  2. Jason, I have absolutely enjoyed each and every one of your blog entries. You are an incredibly gifted writer and I can’t wait to read your book!

  3. I hope you’ll continue these vignettes as the race continues. The stories from the back are always interesting. Thank you, Jason, for bringing so much of the feel of the Race to couch mushers like me. And thank you also to your poetic and memorable book!

  4. great coverage and well said jason!
    will you keep giving us more as the race continues?
    hope so dude! as hugh would say! lol

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