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(AP News)   Alaskan native Pete Kaiser wins Iditarod race. Well, technically his dogs won the race   (apnews.com) divider line
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2019-03-13 09:23:52 AM  
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2019-03-13 09:45:54 AM  
We went to an off-season base for one of those racers. She had a huge kennel set up where she bred and housed the dogs she used. None of them were pure-bred dogs. No Huskies. No Malemutes. No Alaska Sled Dogs. They were all wiry, long-legged dogs. 50-60 lbs or so? (I'm guessing.) Obviously they had some of those breeds in them, somewhere, but they were all beautiful mutts.  A lot of the breeds popularly thought to be used are too heavy to be of use on a long race.
 
2019-03-13 10:05:04 AM  
Next year, Aliy!
 
2019-03-13 10:10:16 AM  

yakmans_dad: We went to an off-season base for one of those racers. She had a huge kennel set up where she bred and housed the dogs she used. None of them were pure-bred dogs. No Huskies. No Malemutes. No Alaska Sled Dogs. They were all wiry, long-legged dogs. 50-60 lbs or so? (I'm guessing.) Obviously they had some of those breeds in them, somewhere, but they were all beautiful mutts.  A lot of the breeds popularly thought to be used are too heavy to be of use on a long race.


They are called Alaskan huskies; a lot of effort goes into breeding them depending on their purposes. Typically a mix of husky (speed), shepherd (endurance) and a bit of hound (sense of smell). The Iditarod is 1,000 miles, so they are trained to run 80-100 miles a day in zero F weather.

Your dog loves water and snow because he/she is overheated. All the time.

This is an exciting win for the Yup'ik people of Western Alaska! 1,000 miles in 9.5 days, and he won by 12 minutes.
 
2019-03-13 10:31:13 AM  
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2019-03-13 05:49:40 PM  
Been filling the race via Iditapod this year. The coverage is really good and it's helped an Eastern Lower 48 guy picture the landscapes and vistas of the race. Congrats, Pete.
 
2019-03-14 12:12:01 AM  
Watched him arrive in Nome live (via Iditarod.com)... and 40 mushers are still out there racing:
Current Iditarod Race Standings
Iditarod photo gallery
Iditarod GPS tracking: 
Iditarod first 48 hours of GPS tracking 2019
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2019-03-14 02:42:27 PM  
Still 30 mushers out there racing in the Iditarod - they get prizes down to 20th place, and I believe all mushers that finish get at least $1000 U.S. of their entry fee back... not quite sure about that last amount.
 
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