RACE UPDATE: As of yesterday at 3:39am AKST, Peter Kaiser from rural town Bethal, Alaska, won the 2019 Iditarod with eight of his best dogs. His overall time for the 1,000 mile race was 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes, and 6 seconds. Second place went to last year’s winner, Joar Ulsom from Norway. He and his team of eight dogs came in only 20 minutes later! Fellow Vermonter, musher Linwood Fielder finished in 12th place with eleven of his dogs. His overall race time was 10 days, 12 hours, 9 minutes and 50 seconds! Alison Lifka is still currently racing and in 37th place. Her and her team are currently heading towards the second to last stop with 13 out of the 14 original dogs still running. There are a total of 41 left in the field racing out of the original 53 mushers.
Musher, Linwood Fiedler, has been participating in the Iditarod for three decades now. During the warmer months he leaves his humble abode in Willow, Alaska to share the joy of mushing with hundreds of others on the Norris Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. He is the owner of Alaska Heli-Mush Inc. Here is where I had the opportunity to intern for the summer and discover the world of sled dogs, mushing, and some real insanity. Linwood has lived a very interesting life and somehow stumbled into mushing sled dogs. He was born and raised in Brattleboro area of Vermont. Linwood then moved on to work as a social worker in Montana before trekking north with his wife, Kathy and son, Dalton and creating their sled dog empire. As well as year round dog training, Linwood enjoys flying his helicopter service and spending time with his family (including family pets, Hank and Tipper). Join me (and the rest of the staff here at Long Trail Veterinary Center) in rooting for Linwood and his great team of dogs! Last year he placed 10th place overall, so let’s hope he can stay in the Top 10!
Check out Linwood on his official musher’s page: https://iditarod.com/race/
Updates will be posted in our next post as well as on https://iditarod.com/.