Kaiser and Diehl finish 2017 Iditarod

Above is Pete Kaiser with fans getting photos of the finish!

Congratulations to Team Kaiser and Team Diehl for crossing the Iditarod finish line last Wednesday! In top photo is Richie Diehl coming up the chute.  Photos courtesy of Kaiser Racing Kennel

by Greg Lincoln

Team Kaiser finished in 9th place in this year’s Iditarod Race. Pete Kaiser and his 10 dogs arrived into Nome last Wednesday at 11:05:38am. His total time was 8 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes, and 38 seconds.

Team Real Diehl arrived into Nome also on Wednesday at 8:33:22pm in 24th place overall. Richie Diehl’s time was 9 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes, and 22 seconds. He had 11 dogs in harness. Congratulations to our local mushers for taking on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race this year!

Seavey mushes to record-breaking Iditarod victory

Veteran Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey (bib #16), of Seward, Alaska, crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska, at 3:40 p.m. AKST on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, claiming his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championship.

Seavey had 11 dogs in harness when he claimed the Iditarod XLV title. He now holds the race record for fastest winning time as well as for being the oldest Iditarod champion at age 57.

Seavey’s team traveled the nearly 1,000-mile trail from Fairbanks to Nome in eight days, three hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds, beating his son Dallas Seavey’s 2016 race record by more than seven hours. Together, Mitch and his son have claimed the last six Iditarod race wins, with Mitch claiming the title in 2013 and now 2017.

Mitch Seavey is a past K300 champion. He first won in 2005, then again in 2008 and 2009.

Fans from all over the world lined Front Street to greet Seavey and his dog team as they pulled through the famed burled arch on a clear afternoon in Nome. The Iditarod awards banquet was held in Nome on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Nome Mini Recreation Center.