Iditarod 2010 Update: King Leads
KING REACHES RUBY FIRST!!!
IDITAROD XXXVIII Musher Jeff King (Bib # 15) arrived in Ruby Alaska at 03:08 am Alaska Time with 15 dogs, and is the first musher to Reach Mighty Yukon. King was greeted by well wishers and an eight course meal courtesy of the Millennium Hotel Anchorage, proud "Lead Dog" Partner of "The Last Great Race to Nome."
As the recipient of the "First Musher to the Yukon Award", King was treated to an eight course meal prepared on camp stoves by Millennium's Food and Beverage Manager Jared Leake.
This year's menu included Alaskan king crab, bison stew, grilled halibut in citrus sauce, lemon sorbet, and much more, including a blackberry jubilee. There was also an After Dinner Mint of $3500.00 in $1 bills!
The Millennium Alaskan Hotel "1st to the Yukon" Award will be re-presented to King in Nome on Sunday, March 21st, during the Iditarod Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.
UPDATE ON THREE YEAR OLD "WHITEY"
Still missing near McGrath
On March 10th, 2010 IDITAROD XXXVIII Musher Justin Savidis (Bib #10) lost one of his team members, Whitey, a three year old male, between Nikolai and McGrath Checkpoints. Since that time, Savidis has joined Alaska State Troopers on an aerial search but they were not able to locate Whitey. All Iditarod Air Force Pilots traveling north and south of McGrath have been on the watch for Whitey from the air. Local McGrath volunteers have also been looking for him on the ground via snowmachine.
Savidis remains in McGrath with his team in hopes that Whitey will be found and returned to him.
RAMSTEAD SCRATCHES IN MCGRATH
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Karen Ramstead, (Bib #29) scratched at 08:00 p.m. Alaska Time (March 11, 2010) in McGrath Checkpoint. The 45 year old musher from Perryville, (Alberta) Canada had 14 dogs on her team when she made the decision. Ramstead scratched for personal reasons.
THURSTON SCRATCHES IN OPHIR
IDITAROD XXXVIII rookie musher Tom Thurston makes the decision to scratch in Ophir.