Onward to the Coast

In this episode, Robert and Michele provide updates on the Iditarod 2024 race. They discuss the first scratch of the race by musher Erin Altemus and the challenges she faced with her team. They also share the sad news of a dog death on Isaac Tedford’s team and discuss the rules and protocols surrounding dog deaths in the race. The hosts interviewed Musher Lauro  Eklund and provided an update on the current race standings. They conclude the episode with a profile of musher Severin Cathry and announce their plans for future coverage.


  • Scratches and dog deaths are unfortunate but not uncommon in long-distance dog sled races like the Iditarod.
  • The Iditarod has strict rules and protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the dogs.
  • Mushers should have experience and skills in wilderness travel and be prepared for the challenges of the race.
  • International mushers bring diversity and excitement to the Iditarod.


00:00: Introduction and Announcements
01:25: First Scratch: Erin Ultimus
07:26: Discussion on Rule 42
10:45: Interview with Lauro Eklund
26:10: Musher Profile: Severin Cathry
31:43: Conclusion and Farewell

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