12 March 2013

Tuesday Iditarod Update

If Mitch Seavey wins his second Iditarod championship on Tuesday, it could be for the move he didn't make.

Seavey, the 2004 champion from Sterling, was the first musher to leave Elim on Monday night, almost one hour ahead of his nearest competitor with the finish line in Nome just 110 miles away.

Seavey appears to have survived big gambles by a pair of four-time champions -- Martin Buser's opening-day gambit that put him in command for the first half of the race, and Jeff King's Monday morning maneuver that put him in the lead for a few hours.

King chose to bypass the Koyuk checkpoint, opting to make the 84-mile run from Shaktoolik to Elim in one long stretch. Everyone else in the top 10 spent time resting in Koyuk.

The decision put the Denali Park musher about 31/2 hours ahead of Seavey, who beat King to Koyuk 34 minutes and settled in for nearly a four-hour break.

4 comments:

Murphy's Law said...

King better hope that his dogs can hold out after he chose not to rest them. If they go on strike, he's done.

Rev. Paul said...

ML, you're right. That happened to DeeDee Jonrowe some years back: her team just stopped about 2 miles outside of Nome, when she was in the lead. Had to sit there & watch 7 or 8 other teams go by before her dogs would go again.

Stephen said...

I've found a better poodle and now have the booger on a strict diet...training begins tomorrow. All we need is a sled. We're gonna kick butt next year. Just you wait and see...

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, I'm looking forward to it ... will even kick in dinner for you & SW, and a bag of dog chow for the poodle. :^)