The race is on! Jay Cable is heading over the Blueberry Hills, two Iditarod mushers have reached Unalakleet this afternoon. Kevin B has been resting in Unk for 5 hours. RJ Sauer is 23 miles from UNK and moving along at 7.4 mph!Tim Hewitt is 40 miles from UNK moving at 2 mph.Martin Boonman is out of Nulato moving along at 7.1 mph. Petr Ineman is in Kaltag and Troy Szcurkowski is 21 miles from Galena. The ITI racers are spread over nearly 200 miles of trail between Jay and Troy. Unalakleet means “where the east wind blows” in the Inupiaq language. Looking at the weather forecast for UNK for the next week, the racers and mushers are lucky, warm temps, sun and no wind forecasted!!
The 350 mile results and 130 mile results can be found on the Trackleaders leaderboard.
If you click on the small arrow by McGrath you can sort the results and get the finishing time in the order as the racers finished.
You can sort the results by distance, discipline and check points to get the results.
Another really nice feature is the replay function on the “main map” page where you can replay and revisit the whole race.
We will add and post final results on the website soon.
Second biker Jay Cable arrived in Ruby this afternoon.
I’m back in Anchorage after flying in from McGrath today with our last 350 finisher, Craig Bullen. 7 bikers are on the trail to Nome. Bill Merchant and Adrian Bear are snowmachining up the trail behind the ITI racers this year. Our film makers Jon and Kenton (the red dots) are filming from Ruby right now. Kevin Breitenbach is leading the race and out of Galena this afternoon!!
The leading racer in the Nome race is in Galena this morning, Kevin Breitenbach from Fairbanks.
The race in McGrath is slowly winding down. 2 more racers on the trail.
We started with 69 racers.
12 finished the 130 mile race at Winter Lake Lodge.
34 racers scratched this year due to cold temps, wind and a stomach flu affecting and taking out many racers.
7 are going on to Nome, 18 finishing the 350 mile race in McGrath. One skier left on the trail out of 2 that started, 4 runners, only 3 women finish the race out of 10 that started.
It definitely was a more Alaskan year and winter on the Iditarod Trail this year.
Day 7 of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational, 6 racers left on the trail to McGrath, Peter Ripmaster, Pavel Richtr, Kyle Durand, Tab Ballentine, Kimberly Riggs and Craig Bullen.
This year we had more scratches than finisher. The last time this happend was 2012, when 61% scratched. Hope to see all the racers that dropped out another year!
It has been since 2012 since we had so many scratches. That year 30 inches of snow fell the first night and only 18 people finished in McGrath and nobody went to Nome that year. Since then our finishing rates have been over 90% almost every year.
This year was different, and real Alaska winter conditions.
We have not been able to to update on each and every scratch since we often did not have the information or did not know why. The number is 33 today. The reasons varied from frostbite, exhaustion, wind, and a stomach bug that has been going up the trail. It is the weather, the wind and the conditions in a wilderness Alaska setting and even with sat phones it is a lot of information to pass on. Everyone that scratched made it out on a bush plane. There was a 3 day delay for finishers and people that dropped out of the race at Winter Lake Lodge due to windy conditions. As a racers once said “It is what it is” and that is always very true in wilderness Alaska off the road system where you cope with what mother nature throws at you.
Thank you fans and families for being so very patient with us getting the information out there to you all over the world!!
David Johnston finishes at 11:50 am and takes first place in the running division! This is his 5th win, 6th finish in the 350!!!
First runner David Johnston is 13 miles from the finish line in McGrath this morning.
We have 33 scratches . Check the Trackleaders leaderboard to see who has scratched. We have never had this many scratches in Rohn this far into the race. We are sending out another Regal Air bush plane to get 3 more racers out of Rohn this morning. The reasons mostly are frostbite and a flu that has been going up the trail. Kathi M.
Check the Trackleaders leaderboard to see who has scratched and is out off the race: