The Iditarod Through the Decades: Early Twenty Teens

This episode of Mushing Radio covers the early 20 teens in the Iditarod race. The conversation discusses the changing race times, the pursuit of a fifth victory by Lance Mackey, the strategies of mushers like Trent Herbst and Dallas Seavey, and the dramatic events that unfolded in the 2014 race. The episode highlights the challenges faced by mushers and the unpredictable nature of the race.


  • The Iditarod race has become faster over time, with record-breaking times in the early 20 teens.
  • Lance Mackey’s pursuit of a fifth victory and the rise of other competitive mushers pushed the race to new levels of speed.
  • Strategies such as pushing the 24-hour layover and managing dog teams’ speed played a crucial role in achieving success.
  • Unpredictable weather conditions and injuries added to the challenges faced by mushers in the early 20 teens.


00:00: Introduction and Sponsorship
00:38: Overview of the 2011 Iditarod Race
01:35: Lance Mackey’s Pursuit of a Fifth Victory
03:50: John Baker’s Victory in 2011
06:14: Dallas Seavey’s Strategy in 2012
08:54: Dallas Seavey’s Second Victory in 2013
11:23: Unusual Weather Conditions in 2013
13:43: Cindy Abbott’s Journey and Injury
15:40: Record-Setting Year in 2014
24:20: Summary and Future of Iditarod

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