01 March 2013

Iditarod 2013: Four-Time Winner Gets Pole Positionn

Martin Buser, 4-time Iditarod champion, will start first tomorrow as the Iditarod begins its annual 1,049-mile race to Nome.

From the Anchorage Daily News website:

A dynasty in the Iditarod this decade? Probably not. It sort of depends on whom you talk to. When Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod last year as the youngest musher ever, and his father Mitch finished seventh, it would be natural to predict a dynasty on the horizon in the annual 1,000 mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome.

Not only do the Seaveys not believe that, but a collection of top mushers on hand Thursday night at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center don't foresee that happening either.

"It's extremely unlikely," said Mitch Seavey, the 2004 champion, at the Iditarod mushers drawing and pre-race banquet. "There's too many good teams and too many good dogs for that to happen."

"Nobody has been on a runaway winner," said four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake. "To win this race, you have to earn it. (Lance) Mackey's streak was several years ago."

Buser benefitted from some good fortune Thursday; he drew No. 2, meaning he'll be the first sled dog team out of the chute on Saturday, when the ceremonial race start goes off at 10 a.m.

It may seem like an anachronism to folks from Outside, but this is a really, REALLY big deal up here.


6 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, it IS special, and the history is even more so...

Rev. Paul said...

Indeed. Thank you, sir.

Corey said...

If I was in this race I would stop outside Nome and hook a Basset Hound in lead position. Wouldn't win but it would get allot of laughs.

Rev. Paul said...

Corey, it wouldn't be the first time someone's gone for laughs ... but might be the first non-Husky or -Malamute to cross under the burled arch. Thanks!

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Good luck to 'em all, and hope you got to see the start! (Or get to see the restart!)

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Wing - I watched the ceremonial start this morning, in the fog. Visibility was down to about a block, but they got safely off to the airstrip.