Iditarod Dog Sled Race Results Nome Alaska March 2014

Iditarod Post Start Willow Alaska

Iditarod Post Start Willow Alaska

The Iditarod Race has come to a close for some; for others the run continues. In a very tight finish, Dallas Seavey beat Ally Zirkle by just two minutes.

Dallas caught up to the front runners during the last 50 miles of this thousand mile race, taking the lead for the first time on the last leg of the Iditarod Trail.

Ally, meanwhile, having kept the lead for two days, departed Safety, the last checkpoint, just moments behind Dallas. She took a well deserved break there to care for and feed her team. As Dallas breezed through, only stopping long enough to sign in, she followed.

Our real race favorite, Martin Buser, who held the lead for much if the race, took sixth place in the end. He still had 12 dogs on his team when he crossed the finish line; the highest number out of the front runners.

Martin has a long history with the race, having completed twenty races. He won four times, a record in itself, and also held the all time speed record for ten years.

Martin is the owner of Happy Trails Kennels near Wasilla, about an hour north if Anchorage. It is the most welcoming destination I’ve ever seen.

We spent the afternoon with Martin and his team the day before this year’s race and he had all the time in the world to explain the race intricacies to us. We were welcome to interact with the dogs and also saw a short film about the race itself. In the summer, he also has a mock checkpoint for guests to experience.

We can’t wait for next year’s race. Please give us a call if you’d like to join us on this or another Alaska adventure.

Martin, thank you for sharing your passion with us.

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