Sunday, March 02, 2008

Iditarod 2008

One Musher down...95 to go...As bid number one is permanently assigned to a dead musher...it never rides on a musher in this race anymore. So 96 teams ran the first 11 miles of the 2008 Iditarod. A good practice run for many as the "wipe out" rate was numerous on the Tudor end of the track...next year I will watch at the end not the beginning...

G.B.Jones, musher number 45 ran the ceremonial start through Anchorage then announced his retirement and with drew from the race.

He has ran five races, scratched three, finished two his best in 2002 finishing in 57th. G.B. Jones has written and published a book called "Winning the Iditarod"...

Now my prediction for this race is 23 scratches...this keeps with the average of past races...the top five are going to be close...Jeff King has his "Eye of the Tiger" playing on his Ipod to remind him that Lance Mackey in no easy rival...Lance has plotted and planned and with his numerous dogs and years of mushing as well as having his little brothers coming in behind him...he has a lot riding on this race...now the other three in the top running are not the picks of the pack for me....

Rick Swenson has been sliding back wards in the past several years...but with the challange between Mackey and King...he may just make a come back and finish again in the top five...Not the other two I have no clue who to chose...the guy from Homer...well a home town boy he is not...summers in Homer...winters in Idaho...hmmm....Brittany says Rohn Buser..."he is dreamy"...so my top five picks are in...

Lance Mackey,
Jeff King
Rick Swenson
Martin Buser
Rohn Buser (this boy being named after a check point...will at least make it to Rohn hehe)

GOOD LUCK to all the teams and may the best ipod win!!

Comments on "Iditarod 2008"

 

Blogger Stan said ... (10:08 AM) : 

I am going to an "old timer" as my favorite. #83 Joe Runyan who was the first musher to win both the Quest and the Iditarod. He retired from mushing 15 years ago but came out of retirement to race Timmy Osmar's team out of Clam Gulch. Tim Osmar, son of Dean Osmar had leg and ankle injuries that kept him out of the race this year, his mother was killed in the car accident early this fall. Run Joe, run! Secopnd favorite pick is Dee Dee Jonrowe, she has put a lot of years in on trail and deserves a good placement.

 

Blogger Stan said ... (10:45 AM) : 

According to Doppler, looks like they are going to have some snow the first leg of the race.

 

Blogger Stan said ... (6:33 PM) : 

I do not know if you know, but if you go to iditarod.com not only can you see the current standings, if you click on the right hand side, purple box GPS tracking, it opens up a great map of the trail and GPS tracks each musher. By clicking on the mushers name on the standing chart on the left, it will show you where they are at ont the trail, speed and course. For instance, right now Lance Mackey shas stopped for some rason. First check point reached by smioth, doing 9mph - a great site and with the GPS it is super great - fun to! Check point symbols are different from musher, by clicking on them it gives you data on each checkpoint as well. Have fun, should keep you busy 24 hours a day.

 

Blogger Shana said ... (5:35 AM) : 

Mackey never runs the first half the race in the lead...that GPS site is cool...been following it also....

 

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