See the finish live on the Nome webcam!
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.
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!