Iditarod 2013 Results: Daily Updates, Reaction, Analysis and More

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Iditarod 2013 Results: Daily Updates, Reaction, Analysis and More
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The Iditarod dog sled race got underway on Saturday, and Dallas Seavey has officially begun his quest to defend his 2012 title.

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13 at 12:10 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Mitch Seavey captured the 2013 Iditarod on Tuesday at 10:39 p.m. Alaskan time. The 2004 champion finished the Iditarod Trail in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds, according to Iditarod.com

The 53-year-old became the oldest champion in Iditarod history. This was one year after his son, Dallas, became the youngest champion in Iditarod history. Dallas finished fourth this year. Mitch is a second-generation musher, following in the footsteps of his father, Dan, who ran the Iditarod four times.

Aliy Zirkle, who finished second last year, placed second again this year. Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King finished third.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13 at 12:10 a.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Mitch Seavey, the 2004 champion, has regained the lead. He was the first out of Safety on Tuesday, resting for just two minutes, according to Iditarod.com.

Aliy Zirkle, who finished a career-best second in 2012, was in second place as of this writing. Jeff King, Dallas Seavey and Ray Redington Jr. were in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

King is a four-time Iditarod champion, last winning the historic race in 2006.

Dallas became the youngest Iditarod champion in history in 2012.

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 11 at 8:03 p.m. ET by Josh Schoch

2004 champion Mitch Seavey has  fallen off the pace a bit. After leading for a short time, he is now in second, as Jeff King has passed him.

King has made an incredible effort to get to the top, including resting for just six minutes at the Koyuk checkpoint, whereas Seavey spent three hours and 38 minutes.

King has finally made it to the top of the standings, but Mitch Seavy, Aliy Zirkle, Ray Readington Jr. and Aaron Burmeister are all hot on his tail.

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 11 at 12:13 a.m. ET by Joseph Zucker

After looking very strong for much of the Iditarod, Martin Buser has suffered a precipitous drop. Buser was leading after the Kaltag checkpoint but has fallen to 10th at the Unalakleet checkpoint. He has a mountain to climb—no pun intended—to get back to the top.

In his place sits Mitch Seavey. The competition between he and Aaron Burmeister is really heating up. Seavey left Unalakleet at 15:10:00, and Burmeister was right behind at 15:25:00.

Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle sit in third and fourth, respectively.

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 9 at 9:39 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

Martin Buser looks in good shape to win his fifth Iditarod, though is still a way to go in the race. 

He holds a lead over Mitch Seavey, another past winner, as both have reached the Kaltag checkpoint. Aaron Burmeister and Aliy Zirkle were on Buser's heels, but they have fallen back a bit.

Burmeister is currently third and Zirkle is seventh.

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 8 at 8:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Martin Buser is back in the lead after catching up with Aliy Zirkle at Grayling and taking off before any of the other racers. He set off on the 62-mile journey to the Eagle Island checkpoint at 12:52:00.

Zirkle is in second, but with Aaron Burmeister in third and Jake Berkowitz in fourth. A few other contestants have joined them at the Grayling checkpoint, but Buser is the only one to have left already. 

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Friday, March 8 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Aliy Zirkle pulled into the lead on Friday after getting a jump on the competition out of the Anvik checkpoint. She and her 13 dogs left at 7:21:00, over an hour before any of the other contestants got back on the trail. 

Unsurprisingly, she is the only one who has made it to the Grayling checkpoint thus far, which is 530 miles from the start of the race in Anchorage. 

Aaron Burmeister is currently in second, with Jake Berkowitz in third. Burmeister took off from Anvik at 8:40:00 while Berkowitz set out at 9:22:00.

Martin Buser is the only other contestant to leave Anvik, and he did so after resting for eight hours. Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 5 at 8:58 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Martin Buser has regained the lead as he was the first one to arrive to and leave the Iditarod checkpoint, which marks the halfway mark of this epic journey. 

Buser pulled into the checkpoint at 9:02:00. He rested at the checkpoint for over four hours and still left before anyone else. In fact, he left way before anyone else. 

Buser pulled out at 14:00:00. Aliy Zirkle was second. She left at 17:20:00. 

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 5 at 8:58 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Lance Mackey took the lead at the Iditarod. He was one of just three mushers who have left the Ophir checkpoint. He did so at 5:45:00. Mackey spent just 15 minutes at the checkpoint, which allowed him to open up a decent-size lead. 

Sonny Lindner and Jeff King were the other two. Linder left at 8:06:00 and King left at 8:40:00

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 5 at 8:58 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Aaron Burmeister mushed into the lead on Tuesday. He was the first to leave Nikolai and did so at 12:25:00. 

Aliy Zirkle, who was in second leaving the Rohn checkpoint, was the second to leave Nikolai. She left at 13:13:00. 

Paul Gebhardt who was the first to leave the Rohn checkpoint was fifth leaving Nikolai. 

In all 15 mushers have departed Nikolai. 

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Monday, March 4 at 11:47 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Two mushers stand in the lead as the only two who have left the Rohn checkpoint, which 188 miles from the start.

Paul Gebhardt is in first as he left Rohn at 19:15:00. Aliy Zirkle is in second as she left Rohn at 19:18:00. 

Only six other mushers have reached the Rohn checkpoint. 

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 3 at 11:55 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

With mushers having already hit the Yentna checkpoint, which is 53 miles from the start, we are well underway at the Iditarod.

Martin Buser sits in front as he was the first one out of that checkpoint with a time of  18 hours, 1 minute. That is 11 minutes better than Scott Janssen.

Obviously, a lot is going to change in this race, as it is still in its infancy. Defending champ  Dallas Seavey certainly hopes it will. It took him 18 hours, 37 minutes just to reach Yentna.

Check out the full standings on the Iditarod's official website.  

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The race began in Anchorage, and the first checkpoint is the Campbell Airstrip, which is 11 miles from the beginning of the race (per iditarod.com).

Seavey is going against a star-studded field of mushers, so a repeat won't be easy. 

Lance Mackey, Martin Buser and Jeff King (all three are four-time winners), the 2011 champion and record holder for fastest finish, John Baker, and 2004 champion, Mitch Seavey, who is Dallas' father, are all vying for the win.

 

Preparing for the Race

Here is a video from Team Itasca chronicling their preparations and experiences from 2012, and the approach to this year's race. It's all done in pictures and awesomely shot video, but no words are really needed to appreciate this—if you love dog sledding.

YouTube channel EpicPictures

 

The Field

Here is a full list of the mushers competing:

Entrant # Musher Name Sex City State Country Status
1 Christine Roalofs F Anchorage AK USA Rookie
2 Newton Marshall M St. Anne   JAMAICA Veteran
3 Ken Anderson M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
4 Michelle Phillips F Tagish YT CANADA Veteran
5 DeeDee Jonrowe F Willow AK USA Veteran
6 Gerry Willomitzer M Whitehorse YT CANADA Veteran
7 Scott Janssen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
8 Peter Kaiser M Bethel AK USA Veteran
9 Gerald Sousa M Talkeetna AK USA Veteran
10 Jessie Royer F Darby MT USA Veteran
11 Michael Suprenant M Chugiak AK USA Veteran
12 Kelly Maixner M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
13 Robert Bundtzen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
14 Luan Ramos Marques M Macae   BRAZIL Rookie
15 Paul Gebhardt M Kasilof AK USA Veteran
16 Mike Williams, Sr. M Akiak AK USA Veteran
17 Mitch Seavey M Seward AK USA Veteran
18 Bob Chlupach M Willow AK USA Veteran
19 Ray Redington Jr M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
20 Martin Buser M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
21 Rudy Demoski, Sr. M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
22 Jason Mackey M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
23 Cim Smyth M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
24 Paige Drobny F Fairbanks AK USA Rookie
25 Joar Leifseth Ulsom M Roros   NORWAY Rookie
26 Curt Perano M Queenstown   NEW ZEALAND Veteran
27 Angie Taggart F Ketchikan AK USA Veteran
28 Ed Stielstra M McMillan MI USA Veteran
29 Jan Steves F Edmonds WA USA Veteran
30 Kristy Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
31 Jodi Bailey F Chatanika AK USA Veteran
32 Cindy Gallea F Wykoff MN USA Veteran
33 Jeff King M Denali AK USA Veteran
34 Aliy Zirkle F Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
35 Travis Beals M Seward AK USA Rookie
36 Allen Moore M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
37 Karin Hendrickson F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
38 Mike Ellis M Two Rivers AK USA Rookie
39 Nicolas Petit M Girdwood AK USA Veteran
40 Linwood Fiedler M Willow AK USA Veteran
41 Michael Williams, Jr. M Akiak AK USA Veteran
42 Ramey Smyth M Willow AK USA Veteran
43 Lance Mackey M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
44 Aaron Burmeister M Nome AK USA Veteran
45 Jake Berkowitz M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
46 Charley Bejna M Addison IL USA Rookie
47 Justin Savidis M Willow AK USA Veteran
48 Dallas Seavey M Willow AK USA Veteran
49 Anna Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
50 Kelley Griffin F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
51 John Baker M Kotzebue AK USA Veteran
52 Richie Diehl M Aniak AK USA Rookie
53 James Volek M Big Lake AK USA Rookie
54 Brent Sass M Manley Hot Springs AK USA Veteran
55 Matt Failor M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
56 Jessica Hendricks F Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
57 Aaron Peck M Bezanson AB CANADA Veteran
58 Jim Lanier M Chugiak AK USA Veteran
59 Josh Cadzow M Fort Yukon AK USA Rookie
60 David Sawatzky M Healy AK USA Veteran
61 Sonny Lindner M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
62 Mikhail Telpin M Yanrakynnot Chukotka RUSSIA Rookie
63 Wade Marrs M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
64 Louie Ambrose M St. Michael AK USA Rookie
65 Matt Giblin M Sterling AK USA Veteran
66 Cindy Abbott F Irvine CA USA Rookie

 

Possible Storylines

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The race can last up to two weeks depending on the elements and other factors. We'll have daily updates, reactions and analysis on the mushers that are driving the competition.

Will the youngest Seavey be able to string back-to-back wins together, or will the elder Seavey regain his place atop The Last Great Race.

Record-holder John Baker could be out to prove that his historic 2011 performance was no fluke. In another possible angle, could this be the year we see Mackey, Buser or King join Rick Swenson as the first five-time winners?

This should be an exciting event for fans of dog sledding.

 

Weather Updates

Obviously, this event is drastically impacted by the weather conditions. Keep abreast of the current conditions here at Weather.com.

At race time, it was a foggy 29 degrees, but as anyone that has followed the race in the past knows, it can get really cold overnight, and later in the race.

 

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