Monday, March 10, 2014

ID: Monday Morning - White Mountain

It's 8.30am Alaska time. Did anyone sleep?

The Red Team pulled in to White Mountain checkpoint 57 minutes behind the speedy Jeff King and here all teams have a mandatory eight hours rest.

I don't know what to tell you as from here; your guess is as good as mine. Dallas Seavey is right on their tail with Mitch Seavey, Martin Buser, Sonny Lindner and Joar Leifseth Ulsom all also on the run to White Mountain. Once again, this race is tense, nerve-wracking and definitely not over.

During the break Aliy will feed the team a couple of meals and plenty of snacks, massage and stretch them and let them get as much rest as they can. She will TRY to get some rest for the final push to Nome. She will also need plenty of calories herself as she will be ski-poling and kicking as much as conditions will allow on the trail over the hills to Topkok and through the infamously windy "blow hole" area.


L-R: Topkok and Blow Hole from the air (photos: Bridgett)

The last run is around 77 miles and at the pace these two are going we will see them in Nome late this evening or in the early hours of tomorrow morning - a remarkable recording breaking time. John Baker's current record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds had him finishing just before 10am on Tuesday. At this point they are on track to smash that.

Today we will be setting up the dog yard in Nome and have fleece coats, blankets, straw, Alygval massage linament and all the meaty, soupy kibble and snacks a dog could want ready and waiting for them. They will have a week of pampering ahead of them once they cross under the burled arch in Nome. We can't wait to see them!

Allen and the Black Team pulled into Unalakleet at 5.17am this morning and are currently resting before the windy 40-ish mile run to Skaktoolik later this morning.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Aliy! Your fans in Wisconsin are rooting for you. We are so impressed by you and your four legged teammates.

Blue Oak Canyon Ranch said...

Bless Aliy and her team. Run safe! and fast! to Nome!

Paula Nations Medlin said...

Woo Hoo, Go Aliy Go!!!!

Anonymous said...

nobody slept, LOL

Anonymous said...

Once again SP gives their fans a thrilling week of vicarious adventure. Rest up Aily and doggies...as they say it ain't over till it's over. Go get it Aily!

SAY said...

Thanks for the post. Aliy is a remarkable musher. God speed.

Cal OSME said...

Thanks so much for the update. We are behing the Red Team all the way!

Anonymous said...

Biting my nails! Go Aliy! (from Shannon in NC)

Dawn E said...

Thank you! What a great race...Keeping us hanging until the last minute!

Lourdes, VT said...

Go Aliy an dogs!!!!! You and Quito and the rest of the elite, beautiful dogs can do it!
Sending prayers and good will your way!!!!

Fay Wenger said...

Go team go mush! Pedal to the metal!
I'm so excited - this is nerves on the edge! Push thru it red team - mush hard! Next year I'll watch in person again- this is too hard so far away.

Anonymous said...

Joe Runyan stated that it was King's race to lose. I hope he is wrong, but it will be tough to make up almost an hour. Will be rooting for ou all the way to Nome.

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration to everybody - always fight and keep on fighting. For every inch!!!

What brave doggies! Woof, woooooof!!!

Champions all.

Racing to be the best they can be.

Anonymous said...

We slept but Aliy didn't :), we are pulling for her all the way... hope she's resting in White Mtn...go, Aliy and dogs, a superb race!

Julie V.

Anonymous said...

Go Red Team!!! Nap, eat, get massage and then run like the wind!!!

--Margaret

Lisa said...

Sleep??? What's that? Oh yeah, sleep is something that happens when the SPK Red and Black teams are not running a dog race. So very impressed with Aliy and the superstar dogs again this year. Go Red!

marilyn cozzens said...

What a fantastic finish it will be. Go Aliy & team you are the best. Run swiftly & overtake Jeff King.

Nessmuk said...

We are so proud of Aliy and the Red Team!!!! You go girl!

Sandy said...

Have loved following you from Knob Noster Middle School in Missouri! Run with endurance the race that is set before you....and bask in the glory of your team's amazing week. I will be up checking computer tonight until I know that you and dogs have arrived in Nome.

Anonymous said...

Gotta see the ADN article and picture of the classic "butt rub" among many others!!!

http://www.adn.com/2014/03/10/3366407/monday-morning-iditarod-update.html

Mollie B said...

Go Aliy!! New Hampshire is wishing you speedy travels.

Anonymous said...

You and your team are amazing. Great respect for how you always put your dogs first.

LLP7 said...

Oh Aliy...you always give it your all! I am hoping and praying that somehow you find a way to pass Jeff King and speed on in to Nome. We all love you so much no matter the results.

You are a remarkable woman! Your team are champions in my eyes!

Anonymous said...

Lord bless Aliy and the Red Team! Carry them on wings of angles at your God speed. Give the Red Team and Aliy & all them strength and confidence need to be 1st in Nome. Make that which is hoped for possible. Go get-em Aliy and Red Team.
Ron In AZ ragodfrey@yahoo.com