Revisiting the Iditarod

Excerpt from my current Iditarod story–if you want to read the whole thing, you’ll be able to in the next edition of Mushing Mag

…that run from Takotna to Iditarod is a very long run indeed—some would say almost impossibly long to attempt in one jump—and pretty much all of them ran it straight through, including Martin. There were a few exceptions—most notably Sebastian who stopped just shy of the checkpoint, camped for approx. 5 hours, than leapfrogged everybody. All of the preliminary jockeying for position and pre-race speculation aside, this is where the race officially got real.

Martin was the first of the top drivers there, but it was soon to become painfully obvious that he had bet the family farm…and it had not paid off. He crashed on the straw, needing over 8 hours to recover from the grueling run, and it was Hugh Neff who was the first collect on that debt. Sebastian was out front, but it was Neff who was really leading the race as he proved to one and all that he had finally emerged from the shadow of Eagle Summit to become a potential candidate for victory. He passed Schnuelle camped between Iditarod and the village of Shageluk, and continued on to Anvik where he snagged a 7-course meal and a cool $3,500 to boot…

Thanks for tuning in–more to follow….

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4 Responses to “Revisiting the Iditarod”

  1. Just reading that small excerpt gets me pumped for the race and longing for a copy of that magazine. Next stop……

  2. Thanks a lot! I’ve been suffering Iditarod withdrawal – I was just beginning to get over it, and now, after reading this little excerpt, it’s back again!

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