With the top teams leaving the Puntilla Lake checkpoint this morning, just 28 minutes separated Teams 14 and 6 as they made a fairly short (in Iron Dog terms) dash to the finish line. That amount of separation in a race like this, with such little trail remaining, seemed almost like an insurmountable feat for […] The post 2021 Iron Dog – Day 8 Update appeared first on The Alaska Life .
‘Once the fox left Galena, the hounds had to give chase’ was an apt comment from a race fan last night in regards to Team 6 leaving Galena yesterday evening to complete 748 trail miles for Day 6 of the 2021 Iron Dog race, forcing the hand of the teams to follow. Cold temps, running […] The post 2021 Iron Dog – Day 7 Update appeared first on The Alaska Life .
The weather across the Seward Peninsula and the western coast of Alaska today remained cold and windy as teams began making their way south toward the Yukon River. At 18 below zero in Buckland this morning, a stiff breeze pushed the windchill to more than 40 below zero. Racers reported that ‘the weather is nasty!’ […] The post 2021 Iron Dog – Day 6 Update appeared first on The Alaska Life .
Racers were met with clear conditions at roughly 0 degrees this morning as they left Nome, notching more miles on their belts until they had a reprieve at Kotzebue for a mandatory 10-hour layover. What was evident between Nome and White Mountain was the consistency across the field of racers, with a few minutes separating […] The post 2021 Iron Dog – Day 5 Update appeared first on The Alaska Life .
Eighteen Pro-Class Iron Dog teams are still in the running for the top prize, as they make their way back toward Big Lake with the addition of the Kotzebue Loop. Amidst pandemic issues, an alternate course, a lack of layover options, and rule changes, what may be the most difficult thing to get your head […] The post 2021 Iron Dog – Day 4 Update appeared first on The Alaska Life .