Monday, March 29, 2010

Willow Re-Start

Hope everyone enjoyed the pictures from the ceremonial start in Anchorage. Here are some pictures from the official re-start in Willow, AK, which is about 50 miles north of Anchorage. There is a need for a restart due to the lack of snow leading from Anchorage north. The re-start takes place on the frozen Willow Lake. It is sort of like a big tailgate party. People start fires, bring grills, enjoy various beverages, ride snow machines and also cross-country ski. It was windy on the lake, but luckily we were all bundled up!

This year, the winner of the Iditarod was Lance Mackey, who has won both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in the same year, four times now. His time was 8 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 9 seconds. This was the second fastest time ever recorded. The fastest time was set in 2002 by Martin Buser, with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 2 seconds. This year second place went to Hans Gatt and third place went to Jeff King, a veteran musher who has said that this was is last Iditarod.


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