Iditablog: Mushers Trying to Throttle Back Blistering Early Pace

Dallas Seavey may be 10 minutes ahead of his planned race pace into Nikolai, but the defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion isn’t concerned. If anything he’s hoping his team can dial it down a bit.“Nothing would make me happier than to see this group of dogs waddle out of here,” he said.Seavey and dozens of other mushers rested their dogs on the sunny banks of the Kuskokwim River Tuesday afternoon. Dogs splayed out on their backs, paws toward the sky, savoring the sunshine and warmth afforded by temperatures hovering in the 30s at the village checkpoint some 260 miles down the trail from Sunday’s start in Willow.Read more here:


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