54°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7 Day Forecast

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Iditarod mushers start crossing first checkpoint of race

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago March 10, 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10 2015 March 10, 2015 9:43 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Mark Thiessen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A young musher who recently won an all-river-ice sled dog race in Alaska has grabbed an early lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Pete Kaiser of Bethel was the first to leave the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles into the race.

He departed at 7:58 a.m. Tuesday, followed 40 minutes later by 2004 Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey. Musher Jessie Royer of Darby, Montana, pulled out of the checkpoint 17 minutes after Seavey.

A field of 78 mushers began the trek Monday from Fairbanks to the old gold-rush town of Nome.

The race usually kicks off 225 miles south in Willow, but a lack of snow led organizers to move the start farther north.

The route change adds about 600 miles of river ice, but it eliminates a mountain range and treacherous gorge.

More News

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Radar
7 Days