ITI is a wrap for 2017! Troy & Petr 20 days 4 hours and 26 minutes. Wyatt Mayo rode in with them. Hope to see you in the race next year Wyatt. You are qualified to enter!! Out of 25 that signed up for Nome, 6 prevailed and finished in Nome, 5 nationalities:
Jay Cable Fairbanks Alaska USA takes the win 17:03:37
RJ Sauer Vancouver Canada 2nd 17:19:51
Tim Hewitt Pennsylvania USA third place 18:03:44
Martijn Boonman Netherlands fourth 19:23:31
Troy Sczurkowski fifth Australia & Petr Ineman Czech Republic tie for fifth 20:04:08
I looked into the face of Determination. It was sheathed in human form; a sixty-some lawyer from Pennsylvania, to be more precise. In this form, Determination had brought itself down a winter trail almost 1,000 miles long ten times over. Most of those years, on foot, the last on a bike…all years, through some of the hardest conditions Alaskan winters can throw at you. Determination fought against the cold, the wind, the snow, the miles of miles stretched thinly across sleep deprived days and nights. It curbed the pangs of hunger with sugar packed, carb and protein loaded snacks. It ignored the pains of frostbite, snow blindness, blisters and bruised muscles. It kept going, one step at a time, purchasing every foot of progress with the offering of sweat, strain and sheer will. It did not sleep often, and even then, not very much. The hands shook, the eyes blurred, and the journey exacted a steep price. Determination paid that price, ten times over. The trail, difficult and long, the winter, cold and unpredictable, the Alaskan wilderness, vast and indifferent, all stared him in the face. Determination did not blink. I stared into that face, seeing in the eyes the strength and resilience that a human being is capable of. I smiled, touched the cheek, saw him off with a hug, and watched as the bobbing headlight disappeared off into the darkness.
by Joanna Wassillie
White Mountain Alaska
See the finish live on the Nome webcam!
The race leader Jay Cable is alreaday past Golovin and riding along at 8 mph. RJ Sauer has crossed the sea ice and is past Koyuk. Tim is just about in Koyuk.Martin Boonman is moving right along coming off the blueberry hills and moving at 8 mph into Shaktoolik.Petr Ineman is past Old Woman cabin and 17.6 miles from UNK.Troy has made up some time and is not too far behind Petr now, past the Tripod Flats cabin and 46.5 miles from UNK! Way to go guys! I expect we have a winner in Nome tomorrow!
Only 6 riders remain in the 1000 mile race out of 25 that were signed up this year!
In the meantime Mitch Seavey has won his third Iditarod!
Race leader Jay Cable arrived in Shaktoolik 36 minutes ago!! Way to go Jay!
Shaktoolik sits on a spit of land right along the beach of the Bering Sea. It is one of the villages threatened by coastal erosion. Once you leave Shaktoolik the trail crosses 30 miles across the sea ice which can have blinding ground blizzards if the wind is blowing. It can get bad enough you can’t see from marker to marker that Iditarod puts out there to mark the trail. This happened in 2008 to Bill and I and we ended up bivving on the sea ice in a total whiteout.Conditions for the racers and mushers look favorable however at the moment with very little wind reported.