12 March 2015

Iditarod Update, 3/12/15

After resting in Galena just 19 minutes, Aaron Burmeister headed north on the long push toward Huslia early Thursday morning in the lead of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  
Aaron Burmeister was the first musher out of Galena before dawn on Thursday, leading the front-runners towards Huslia. Bob Hallinen

His 6:26 a.m. departure came just hours after four-time champion Jeff King completed a 50-mile run from Ruby in seven hours, reaching Galena at 4:37 a.m. Thursday in first place.

At that point, King -- who has taken his mandatory eight-hour rest -- was trailed by Aliy Zirkle and Burmeister, who have not. Martin Buser, who also has his eight-hour rest behind him, was running in fourth place. Zirkle of Two Rivers reached Galena at 5:54 a.m.


Cathy said...

Your thoughts, please - on the required rest. Is that for the dogs? If so - I support it whole-heartedly.

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, it's for the benefit of all concerned ... the dogs and their mushers. Frankly, the dogs come out of the race doing better than the humans, who exhaust themselves trying to keep up with the canines. :)

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

I'm happy to hear there's a mandatory 8 hour rest.