Currently showing 32 F in McGrath. Shawn McTaggert and Klaus Schweinberger left this afternoon at 12:05 heading for Nome, the next community of Takotna is only 18 miles away. Cookie is giving it another day and plans to leave in the morning and head over to Takotna to see how his feet will hold up. Alan Tilling who started 5 days after the official race start is expected in McGrath today.
You never know when the Iditarod Trail opens up it’s own stash of tricks and challenges. It provided the best of conditions for our 350 mile race, with new records possible and 48 finishers! But now the Nome racers as well as mushers are facing challenging warm, slushy, wet and windy conditions on their way to Nome and race director Bill Merchant is battling 70 mph wind gusts trying to get back home from after two weeks on the trail over Rainy Pass. We wish all the racers, mushers and Bill Merchant safe travels out there!