So far, 19 mushers have signed up to race the 300-mile course from Bethel to Aniak and back. K300 race manager Madelene Reichard says “people have until December 15th, and then the entry fee goes up from $400 to $800.”
A December report by the nonprofit Foraker Group found major flaws within the Iditarod Trail Committee, which plans and oversees the thousand-mile sled dog race. Now, the ITC says it’s expanding its board. And several directors may resign.
With continued snowfall making the trail soft and slow, some Iditarod mushers elected to take their 24 hour layovers at McGrath in the hopes that the trail would improve during their mandatory day’s rest. The long rest can be an opportunity for teams to “regroup,” as Ryan Redington described.
As of Wednesday, the list of 19 mushers included Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Aaron Burmeister, and Victoria Hardwick, the only female musher signed up thus far. According to the latest info from K300, Jason Mackey has withdrawn from the 2018 race.
In rural Alaska, “race season” rolls on. Early March finds us in-between two of the long-distance competitions that most excite our region: Iron Dog and the Iditarod.