OT - Paige Drobny, Hokie in the Iditarod - dog sledding the new sport to follow

As someone who has done some (and by "some," I mean a very, very small amount) of dog sledding, wanted to give folks something to help pass the time during this dark off season. VT's own Paige Drobny is in 4th place as of 1:58 PM on March 12. Part of Paige's Iditarod Bio.

Paige Drobny ... graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997 with her B.S. in Biology and from UAF in 2008 with her M.S. in Fisheries Oceanography. Before moving to Fairbanks in 2005 for graduate school, she lived in Colorado and was a fisheries biologist. "I enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. I work as a fishery biologist and help my husband, Cody Strathe, build dogsleds for our company, DogPaddle Designs, during the summer.

Paige was the most improved musher last year having her first top 10 finish.

Let's all take a break from football recruiting, basketball season's finish, the ACC wresting tournament, the stock market, the virulence of various viruses ... and realize that we are now a dog sledding school.

Link to Paige's full bio:
https://iditarod.com/race/2020/mushers/400-Paige-Drobny/

Link to Idiatrod standings:
https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/

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This is awesome! Do we claim a win in the Iditarod as a National Title?!

I sure as hell would. It is, far-and-away, the main dogsledding race. Her husband just ran in the Yukon Quest, which is probably #2.

One issue that casts dark clouds is that she really is not in 4th place. Yes, she is (as of my initial post) the 4th furthest along, but you have to take 3 layovers at checkpoints. One 24 hour and two 8 hour breaks. One 8 hour has to be at White Mountain, close to the end. This ensures that an unethical musher cannot force a tired team to the finish. Another has to be at one of the Yukon River checkpoints. She has not completed any of her layovers and several have already done their 24 hour break and are back on the trail. Even though she is ahead of all of them, that will change for some when she takes her 24 hour.

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One 24 hour and two 8 hour breaks.

The 24 hour stop is at Takotna.

She has not completed any of her layovers...

Well, I hope she makes it there today, 14 March as they are famous for.....blueberry pies!

https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/blueberry-pie-iditarod/?utm_campaign=tr...

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Mushin' School!

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Wonder if my book has the Iditarod

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This is nice and all but we are a bass fishing school get it right! 😜

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Summer and winter, like the Olympics. The competition would have to be ice fishing!

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I tried to start a team but we got kicked out for crafting our icehut on top of the ice machines in D2.

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Can we venmo her some money to get a her another dog? Why do the leaders have 13 dog and she has 12?

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Everyone starts out the same, but you drop dogs if they are not running well, not feeling well, injured, whatnot. Dogs can be dropped at any checkpoint and then an air taxi takes them back. You are not allowed to leave a checkpoint unless all of your dogs are accounted for.

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Thank you Frosty Sr.

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Some photos of the very best dogs being air lifted by the Iditarod Air Force.
More photos here: https://iditarod.com/photo/

That is just friggin awesome!

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Jessie Royer, who had already completed her 24 hour layover pulled into and out of Cripple in first place putting Paige back to 5th. She is currently in-between 4 time champion Lance Mackey in 4th and 3 time champion Mitch Seavey in 6th, so in good company. All 3 of them are in the middle of their 24 hour layover. I'll send periodic updates like happened with the softball thread as the race goes on.

If anyone else is nuts enough to follow this on their own, I think the Anchorage Daily News site does a better job covering than the Iditarod site. They have so much behind paywalls and just allow you to see bits of articles or videos.

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Happy Friday the 13th. AM update. Jessie Royer still leads this morning. Paige currently sits in 13th place (lucky 13s all around) and has completed her 24 hour layover at Cripple. Headed out at 1:15 AM local time for the next checkpoint of Ruby, AK with 12 dogs. Ruby will be the start of the Yukon River stretch of the race.

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Friday the 13th PM update. Jessie Royer continues to lead the race, having pulled out of Ruby at about 11:30 AM local time with 13 dogs. She is followed by a small group of mushers 1.5-2 hours behind. Paige is just behind that group, back into the top 10 at 7th place. She spent only 1 minute at the Ruby checkpoint before heading out onto "The Might Yukon" with 12 dogs at about 2:30 PM local time. Most other mushers rested their teams for a few hours. 3 more checkpoints remain on the Yukon before heading to the coast at Unalakleet.

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Saturday the 14th AM update. Brent Saas has passed Jessie Royer to take over 1st place. He pulled out of the Galena checkpoint at ~7:30 PM last night local time with 13 dogs and is on the trail followed by Royer. Paige remains in 7th place, having pulled out of Galena just before 1 AM this morning with 12 dogs. Next checkpoint is Nulato.

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This is good fun.

Nice diversion. Thanks.

You are welcome. I actually looked her up to check something. 1 thing seemed to say she was taking her 8 hour layover in Galena but the standings said she had left in less time, so I was trying to confirm one way or the other. Google her name and this thread showed up as the #3 news story. I just cracked up seeing that.

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Say what you will, but I found out here about Virginia schools being closed hours before my son's school district sent out an email about it. In fairness to them, we already knew he had Monday off and they closed for longer than the 2 weeks the governor mandated, but still.

How many more stages remain?

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There are 9 more checkpoints along the trail. Then the finish in Nome. Here is the link to the race map as well as the mileage distances.

https://iditarod.com/race-map/

She is out of Galena, which is listed as 545 miles into the race with the total distance to Nome as 975 miles, so about 60% of the way since she has moved beyond the Galena. Of course, each stage is different. They have different routes even and odd years, and can have additional changes based on weather and trail conditions any given year.

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Frosty....thanks for doing this.....you've captured my interest. Please keep us ypdated in how Paige is doing. Also...anyone find ironic we are following this race now considering how the race started to commemorate a medicine delivery run?

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Yes, I always remember first reading the telegram that was set by Curtis Welch, the only doctor in Nome, back in 1925. Set the whole relay in motion.

"An epidemic of diphtheria is almost inevitable here STOP I am in urgent need of one million units of diphtheria antitoxin STOP Mail is only form of transportation STOP I have made application to Commissioner of Health of the Territories for antitoxin already STOP There are about 3000 white natives in the district STOP."

Curtis Welch, MD
January 22, 1925
via the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System

His limited supply of antitoxin had expired and the town was frozen in. It was train and dogsled or the airplane and the airplane was unreliable and primitive at that point. Authorities went with the dogs and they took some heat from those who thought they should try and fly the serum in.

2 books I really enjoyed, if you are interested, are (1) The Cruelest Miles about the 1925 serum run itself and (2) Winterdance, the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod for a humorous look at a naïve rookie making his first race.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cruelest-miles-gay-salisbury/1012324059
https://www.amazon.com/Winterdance-Fine-Madness-Running-Iditarod/dp/0156...

Hey, TKP book club!

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Saturday the 14th PM update. Paige had moved up to 6th place on her run to Nulato at ~8:30 AM local time. She has been at the checkpoint for several hours, so I assume she is taking her first mandatory 8 hour layover. This has dropped her back to 8th as 2 mushers who came in behind her have gone back onto the trail.

At the front, Brent Sass and Jessie Royer continue to jump back-and-forth. Jessie had retaken the lead, but Brent left Nulato first with 13 dogs to take over the top spot. However, neither of them have done their first 8 hour layover, so one could argue Norwegian Thomas Waerner, who has completed his first 8 hour and is officially listed in 3rd place 4 hours behind Brent, is actually ahead.

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3/15 early AM update. Paige just pulled into Kaltag with 12 dogs in 9th place. She had the fastest run so far between Nulato and Kaltag at 8.92 mph. Her next stage will be over the Kaltag Portage to Unalakleet on the Norton Sound. After heading up the coast, she will head out across the sea ice.

Up front, both jessie Royer and Brent Sass have had to take their first 8 hour layover. This has allowed Thomas Waerner to take over first place. He headed out onto the portage at ~10 PM local time with 13 dogs.

BTW, this is the longest checkpoint-to-checkpoint in the race at over 80 miles. Wind can be notoriously stiff as the mushers get to Norton Sound, but I don't know the weather report at this time.

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3/15 AM update. Sorry, I messed up and put Thomas Waerner's time into Kaltag as his time out in the last post. Have fixed that. He is in first having left Kaltag for the coast at ~10 PM local time on the 14th with 13 dogs. Paige sits in 9th place having left Kaltag with 12 dogs just before 3 AM today local time. This group of 9 have all completed their 24 hour and first 8 hour layover, so everyone is on the same schedule from here on out.

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This has been a great thread - an interesting subject with a VT connection and (hopefully not to jinx it) no one has felt obliged to get nasty - most refreshing! Thanks for doing this!

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You are welcome. Glad people have enjoyed it. I have not paid to become an "Insider" who gets the official videos and the race tracker letting you see where everyone is. The updates are based on just following the score board and supplementing it with news articles and other videos. If she runs next year, I'm tempted to go ahead and sign up for that so updates won't just be the last recorded placement on the score board.

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3/15 PM Update. The top 4 mushers have all reached Unalakleet and the Norton Sound. Thomas Waerner remains in first place. He pulled out of the checkpoint at ~3 PM local time to start his run up the coast towards Shaktoolik. The 2-4 position mushers are still at the checkpoint.

Paige is still on the long portage trail between Kaltag and the Unalakleet along with a large group of other mushers. She remains in 9th place.

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3/16 AM update. So far, 13 mushers have reached Unalakleet. All 13 have left the checkpoint and are on the trail to the next checkpoint by Shaktoolik. As mentioned, Thomas Waerner left first at about 3 PM local time on the 14th with 12 dogs. Paige is now in 10th place, having left Unakleet at ~11:30 PM local time on the 14th as well. She has 11 dogs.

By the way, got a kick out of this. The Shaktoolik checkpoint was moved out of the village due to disease concerns. Initially, the new post was only going to be a resupply point for the teams. Many of the people from the small fishing village were having none of that. They fixed up a cabin outside of town to convert it into a shelter for the mushers. Link to the very brief story below. Has an areal video embedded showing the town and another showing the work on the cabin. Hats off to everyone involved.

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/-Shaktoolik-villagers-step-in-to-prepa...

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down to 11 dogs. I can't think that means good thing for her chances at hanging on to 10th place.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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4th through 15th all have 11 or fewer dogs
16th-22nd are still at Kaltag
23rd-32nd still haven't arrived at Kaltag
33rd-35th haven't left Nulato
36th-42nd haven't arrived at Nulato
43rd-47th hasn't left Galena
48th-49th haven't arrived at Galena
50th is still at Ruby
51st hasn't made it to Ruby

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Is it common to "lose" dogs as the race goes on? Do most cross the finish line with less than 13?

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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Oh yes, people drop dogs at checkpoints all the time. I vaguely remember a few years ago where someone reached Nome with all 16 dogs in harness. You used to be able to start with 16. For some reason that I cannot remember, it was dropped to 14 at the start. Anyway, what stood out was that it is so rare to go through the entire race without dropping any dogs.

I was curious and looked up some past winners. Dallas Seavey won in 2012 with only 9 dogs in harness at the end. And he started with 16 back then.

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It probably has something to do financially. I can't speak for mushers but I imagine just being part of the SportDog community that I have three dogs that are not super Elite athletes like those needed to be Iditarod racers and for me it's still cost about 2500 to $3,000 per year per dog keep them in shape and entry fees and travel expenses.

It would not surprise me if each one of those sled dogs plus the sled for a full 16 dog run wasn't at least $100,000 if not a quarter mil.

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That makes sense. Raising and training dogs is a business for a lot of the mushers, so it is part of their livelihood, but it must cost a lot to raise and train them. And you need to have a lot more than 14 as the 14 taken to the start are just the A team members. Some kennels share dogs too.

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Looking at this year's numbers, only 3 of the 51 mushers still in the race are listed as having all 14 dogs with them. And they are all people near the back of the standings.

By the way, when I just looked now, Thomas Waerner has arrived first at Koyuk. Arriving at ~9:30 AM local time. Still there at the checkpoint as I write.

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Hard hitting question here:

Can we see the pics of her dogs?

Updated: This is the content I'm looking for: her kennel

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Thanks for sharing this. I always assumed that sled dogs were extremely large huskies/malamutes. All of the dogs listed are between 35-70lbs (most in the 40-60 lb range). I had always assumed that the dogs would be over 100 lbs...but I guess they wouldn't have great endurance then.

Yeah the racing dogs are not that big. When I would do my trips in Northern Minnesota, the dogs they had were Canadian Huskies. They are pretty big and the traditional Inuit cargo hauling dogs. They are meant to be strong but not bred for speed. In fact, if you try and run them too fast you will get yelled at and they can kick you out. Still remember my first team: Lucky, Buster, Giggles, Lumi, Copper, and Zinc. Copper was my favorite dog. Had him, I think, 2 of the 3 years I went there.

The Iditarod dogs are referred to as Alaskan Huskies, but no dog group recognizes them as a breed. They have had all kinds of breeds mixed in to have speed and stamina. Not important for them to pull big loads.

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It was really surprising to me to find out how strong a 40 pound dog could be. My pit/lab mix is 40 pounds on a good day, but before she hurt her back, she could pull you over if you weren't careful - and she did several times with my wife and kids.

Wait, what?

I tried weight pulling with my 18 lb boston terrier/lab mix. She pulled 600 lbs

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I have debating getting a scooter so my 45lb dog can pull me on our walks.

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Monday the 16th, mid-day update. Oh my gosh. I was only planning on doing AM before work (we have flex time and I get in real early) and PM when I got home, but it looks like the Shaktoolik checkpoint is either not considered a checkpoint with the move or that there are just problems getting reports out of it. The leader board jumped over it completely.

Thomas Waerner was the first to get to Koyuk, arriving with 12 dogs at ~9:30 AM local time. All of the other mushers are still listed as being on the trail from Unalakleet, but I just saw a TV video report showing that many of them are at or near where the Shaktoolik checkpoint would be, including Paige.

Based on the TV report and tracker, Paige was either in 5th or 6th place, very near another musher. She is probably heading out across the sea ice of Norton Sound to make the trip to Koyuk and I would not be at all surprised if she is out on the ice now. Good luck and safe journey over the sea.

Koyuk is ~800 miles from the start and ~170 miles from the finish at Nome.

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To put this race in perspective, this is like driving from Blacksburg to Islamadora in the Florida keys or a straight line out to Oklahoma City.

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Monday the 16th, PM update. Paige has made it across the sea ice. Arrived in Koyuk checkpoint at 5:10 PM local time. She is currently in 7th place, about 40 minutes behind Ryan Redington. 3 time defending champion Mitch Seavey is listed as being in 8th place, showing just how good the company is that she is keeping.

Thomas Waerner is the only musher to leave Koyuk, heading out at ~1:30 PM with 12 dogs. Mushers 2-6 all arrived after he had left. One of the interviews I saw with former Iditarod musher turned race commentator, Dee Dee Jonrowe said Thomas' team looked to be the strongest of the first four. He has a decent lead (4 hours based on the time into the checkpoint), but there is still ~170 miles to go and things can change quickly, so things are far from over.

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And about 5 minutes after posting the above, I see that Aaron Burmeister has pulled out with 11 dogs, putting him in 2nd place about 4 hours behind Waerner. Aaron is from Nome and has 5 top 10 finishes since 2009.

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Tuesday the 17th AM update. Thomas Waerner pulled into the Elim checkpoint in 1st place at ~9 PM local time last night and pulled out at ~11 PM with 12 dogs. He was followed into Elim by Mitch Seavey who had a very fast Koyuk to Elim run, moving from 8th place to 2nd and checking in at ~1 AM local time. Jessie Royer followed him in about 20 minutes later. Seavey and Royer are still listed as being at Elim.

Paige currently sits in 8th place and is on the trail to Elim with 11 dogs. After Elim, it is a fairly short 28 mile leg to Golovin and then an even shorter 18 miles to White Mountain. All teams must take a mandatory 8 hour rest break at White Mountain before starting the final push to Nome, which will be about 80 miles away with a single intermediate checkpoint at Safety.

Anything can happen (weather on the Seward Peninsula can get real extreme real fast), but it will be real tough for Paige to catch the leaders. However, she is right there shooting for a second top 10 finish, which is darn impressive. Heck, if I tried this, I'm guessing I could make it out of Anchorage and the ceremonial start, but not much further. Her best finish ever was 7th. Pulling for her to do as well or better.

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You're doing the Lord's work here. Thank you.

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Tuesday the 17th PM update. Thomas Waerner completed his 8 hour layover and pulled out of White Mountain at ~1:30 PM local time with 10 dogs. 4 other mushers are into White Mountain but they are all at least 5 hours behind. That is a commanding lead at this stage of the race. Unless something goes really wrong with Thomas' team or the weather (which knocked down the 2 leaders in 2014 allowing the 3rd place musher to take it), he should be celebrating a win sometime tomorrow.

Paige is currently on the trail from Elim to White Mountain in 10th place. She spent more time in Elim than all the other mushers currently on that stretch of the trail. Hopefully that means she has a more rested team and can move up a few more spots and not that there were problems with the team. Do not know. I'll post again if she gets into White Mountain before I go to bed.

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Tuesday the 14th PM update 2. Another case of posting something and 5 minute later the change occurs. All I can say is YES! Paige pulls into White Mountain in 7th place with 11 dogs, just 3 minutes behind Joar Leifseth Ulsom in 6th.

Joar came in 2nd last year, won in 2018, and has finished in the top 10 every year he has raced, so he is real good.
Aaron Burmeister is in 5th and came in about an hour and 40 minutes before Paige. Will be a tall order to make that up to get into the top 5, but we will see. Will post again later if some of the mushers behind her start coming in to see what kind of a lead she has over them.

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Inside of an hour from 4th, FWIW

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Tuesday the 14th PM update 3. Spots 2-4 are still at White Mountain. Real tight group of mushers came in around Paige. Looks to be a real battle shaping up tomorrow for 6-10. We have the following arrivals with the mushers starting their 8 hour layover. All are local time in White Mountain.

Joar leifseth Ulsom - arrived at 3:11 PM with 10 dogs
Paige - arrived at 3:14 PM with 11 dogs
Ryan Reddington - arrived at 3:28 PM with 9 dogs
Wade Mars - arrived at 3:31 PM with 10 dogs
Travis Beals - arrived at 3:38 PM with 9 dogs

Plus 6 more on the trail into White Mountain could arrive at any time.

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Having 11 dogs has got to be an advantage over that group.

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I hope so. Seems like she has taken her mandatory rest breaks later than most and, at the prior stop, stayed in the checkpoint longer than anyone in and around her time. Hoping that means her team will be slightly more rested to get that little extra push to move up or at least hold off the group behind her. I was amazed to see how close together everyone was bunched. Has been a fun race to follow.

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This has been the first thread I check everytime I jump on TKP. Thank you for keeping up with this and explaining it for those unfamiliar.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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I too have really enjoyed your commentary and updates. Thrilling to have a Hokie compete, thank you for distracting us and giving me a sport to cheer for. Will look forward to the finish!

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Wednesday the 18th AM update. It's official. Thomas Waerner has won his first Iditarod. Completing the course at just after 12:30 AM local time with 10 dogs. His listed time for the ~975 miles is 9d 10h 37m 47s.

11 mushers are on the trail from White Mountain to Nome. Paige left White Mountain at 11:14 PM local time last night in 7th place with 9 dogs. 3 minutes behind 6th place Joar leifseth Ulsom and 14 minutes ahead of 8th place Ryan Redington. Should all finish today. Good luck to everyone still on the trail.

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I did not expect her to drop from 11 to 9 dogs after the 8 hour layover. It seems that a lot of racers reduced dogs. Is it just the wear of the race or is there a strategy based on the remaining course at that point?

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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Oh I'm not sure. Guess is that it is wear of the race and you are dropping dogs not doing as well or that don't seem to have the heart to push hard, but really do not know. Wonder if sometimes it is mental too. If a dog is not feeling energetic you may be concerned that it will spill over to other dogs. Let that dog rest and insulate the rest of the team. No idea really, just a guess. Would be fun to ask them.

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Wednesday the 18th AM update 2. Looks like it will be 3 time champion Mitch Seavey in second. He left the final checkpoint of Safety at ~3 AM local time with 10 dogs. Nome is only 22 miles away from there.

Jessie Royer just pulled out from Safety with 12 dogs at ~4:15 AM. Excellent shot at 3rd and to be the first woman finisher as the people in 4th and 5th were well behind her out of White Mountain.

Battle for 4th could be close between Brent Sass and Aaron Burmeister as they were close.

After that, you have the tightly bunched group with Paige in positions 6-10.

And, of course, you have everyone in spots 11-45 further back. 12 entries have scratched and dropped out of the race so far.

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Also, the last person to finish wins the Red Lantern Award. This is from the Iditarod site from last year.

"The Red Lantern is given to the last musher who crosses the finish line and completes the Iditarod. Victoria, an Iditarod rookie, was the 39th musher to successfully travel the approximate 1,000 mile southern route during this year's race. The Red Lantern is a symbol of perseverance and determination."

https://iditarod.com/edu/the-red-lantern-award/

The race doesn't end until everyone is done. Once Paige finishes, I'll keep updating, though not as frequently, until the Red Lantern is given.

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Thank you so much for the updates. A very fun distraction during all this craziness. Something little to look forward to a couple of times a day.

It is kind of nice that they do give an award to last place as well. You might be last, but it is a heck of an accomplishment to actually finish.

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Looks like Paige has pulled into the penultimate checkpoint, Safety, in sixth, 6 minutes ahead of Joar Leifseth. She left the checkpoint immediately with 9 dogs, 41 minutes behind fifth place.

Interesting note: She was almost an hour faster from White Mountain than the three ahead of her, so she might have a chance of catching fifth (Aaron Burmeister), and maybe fourth (Brent Saas), who left Safety an hour and a minute ahead. But probably not third (Jessie Royer), who left Safety about two and a half hours ahead,

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Yes, you beat me to it! Great run to pull ahead of a top musher.

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Top 5 into Nome. Aaron Berminster pulled in at 9:18 AM local time. Listed as a run time of 9d 19h 18m 53s. Hopefully Paige will be next.

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Paige finishes in 7th place. Just a shade behind 6th. Great run to move up from 10th to 7th. Insert celebratory Gifs!

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Paige Drobny has made the last checkpoint at Nome. She came in seventh, with a time of 9d 19h 54m 35s, just missing sixth place by 5m 54s to Joar Leifseth Ulsom. Her average speed was 4.09mph, and she finished the last leg in 3h 13m from Safety.

Way to go, Paige!

Edit: Adding screenshot of race tracker

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Oh I thought she had 6th! Saw the initial post come on Iditarod.com and jumped the gun. Fixed my above post. A great run against awesome competition. Will try and post some videos of her when they come out. Sadly, have to go to work now after waiting anxiously for the last half hour.

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She would have had 6th except for his blinding speed on that last run. He was what 15 minutes faster over the last 22 miles than everybody else.

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Congratulations to Paige!

You did Hokie Nation proud!

Nice to see some good news when the rest of the news out there is looking bleak at the moment!

Thanks, and GO HOKIES!

Wednesday, March 18 PM update. Paige has completed back-to-back 7th place finishes. Had a blast following her and the other mushers. Can be much more sedate following now, but the race still goes on!

As I write, 15 mushers have finished up in Nome. The most recent is Mille Porsild, who as the highest rookie musher captures Rookie of the Year honors. She arrived with just 6 dogs. 27 are still on the course and 15 have scratched or been withdrawn from the race. It should be a couple more days until the final finisher arrives. Right now, that is Dennis Kananowicz who pulled out of Unalakleet just before 10:30 AM local time. Wishing all the mushers still on the trail a safe journey to Nome and beyond.

Will keep reporting until the Red Lantern is awarded to the final finisher.

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Sorry, this little 10 second snippet of Paige coming down Front Street is all I can find for videos of her finish. You have to pay to be a "Insider" to get the whole thing, but you can watch some of her final mushing here.

https://iditarod.com/video/paige-drobny-into-nome-7th/

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March 19 update. Race is starting to wind down. Guessing everyone who finishes will complete the race sometime early Saturday.

21 mushers have finished up in Nome with 4x winner Lance Mackey arriving most recently. 18 more mushers are still on the trail and 18 have scratched or been withdrawn from the race. At the moment, rookie musher Kaci Murringer is in position for the Red Lantern. According to her Bio, she is also celebrating her 30th birthday sometime during the race.

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Heck of a 30th birthday gift to yourself. Hope she finishes.

Friday the 20th update. We have 23 mushers completed the race in Nome. 20 have scratched or been withdrawn, so 14 still in the race and on the trail. At the moment, Dennis Kananowicz is in the Red Lantern position, having left Elim at 9:24 AM local time with 11 dogs. Good luck everyone finishing up.

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Friday the 20th update #2. On man the race may be winding down, but you can never turn your back on the weather. 3 mushers had to be rescued almost at the end. All had to scratch. From the Iditarod site:

"Very high winds and warm temperatures created a deep overflow of water on a section of the Iditarod trail near Safety. The race teams of Sean Underwood (bib #46), Tom Knolmayer (bib #30) and Matthew Failor (bib #29) encountered the deteriorated conditions and as a result, activated their emergency beacons at approximately 9 a.m. this morning."

All of their dogs are reported to be in good health.

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Saturday, March 21 AM update. Well the race certainly won't be ending early today like I had initially guessed. The trail was washed out and a new trial is having to be established for the remaining mushers (the "Elim 11") to complete the race. Some of them originally arrived at Elim on the 18th and had to turn back. If the new trail is established and they reach White Mountain, will still have the mandatory 8 hour layover there unless that rule is scrapped given the long rest all of the teams have had.

Good luck everyone. Would suck for all of the rookie mushers in the group if they get this far and have to scratch due to weather and trail conditions beyond their control.

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Sunday, March 22 AM update. All 11 remaining mushers made it safely into White Mountain yesterday and completed their 8 hour layover. Travelling close together as they all arrived between 1:47 and 3:45 PM local time yesterday and they all left White Mountain between 9:47 PM and 11:45 PM last night local times. Barring problems on the trail, everyone who finishes should come into Nome today.

Edit - adding some info from the Iditarod website free section. Teams are working together to finish. If you get outside help on the course you are normally disqualified, but fine for teams to help each other.

"Although, it hasn't been an easy trip over from Elim. Teams dealt with extremely high winds and storms. They will be leaving around midnight tonight, so if all goes to plan we expect all to finish between mid morning and early afternoon Sunday. They are all working as a team to make sure they all get to Nome."

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Kaci Murringer is the last musher out on the course, between Safety and Nome

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Thank you 07. Beat me to it.

The last 11 mushers all arrived at Nome today. First in was rookie Grayson Bruton from Sterling, Alaska, arriving at 7:20 AM local time with 11 dogs. Final finisher – and your Red Lantern winner – is rookie Kaci Murringer arriving at 12:29 PM local time with 10 dogs. Her total time on the trail was 13d 22h 29m 45s.

Congratulations to Paige, the other 33 mushers who finished the race, and the 23 who scratched or were withdrawn. Overall, 34/57 or about 60% of those who started finished the course.

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Is that a normal percentage? High/Low? Just curious.

It feels low to me. But I don't really know. Let me look at the past few years and check.

Edit: just checked the past 5 years and it ranged from 75-90% over that stretch. So yes, this year had a lower percent of mushers being able to finish. There were the 3 who had to be rescued and scratched due to the bad weather and trail washout. But even if those 3 had finished, it would still be well below the recent average. Not sure why but this year's race looks to have been unusually tough.

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Thanks, it sounded like a low percentage.

Thanks for doing this Frosty's dad

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