No, I’m not going to publish my story of the same name here, not unless I get a rush of demand at least. But for some mushers at present, there will be no place like Nome, because it marks the end of the Iditarod race across Alaska, and for the leaders at least, it will end at some point tomorrow. For others, its going to be a few days yet before they see the Burled Arch that marks the finish, though barring calamities, it does look like everyone will be finished before the Celebration Dinner on Sunday at least.
At about the time of posting (9.10 pm gmt), the 2 leaders will be starting out on that last 77 mile run to Nome within the next half hour, probably about 13 minutes apart. How can I tell this? Simple, when they reach the White Mountain checkpoint, its a compulsory 8 hour stopover for everybody. In fact the 3rd, Jeff King is only just about an hour and a half behind Mitch Seavey, and Ally Zirkle, and though its unlikely he can catch them, you can just never tell. Yes, a woman in second place, and before you sound amazed at that, she finished second last year too. In fact, she must be sick of racing the Seavey family, it was Dallas who beat her last year!
I’d love to see her win, but in all honesty, in my eyes, they are all winners for doing what they do, under incredible circumstances, and low temperatures. But in the end, its those amazing doggies that put in so much effort, without them the mushers wouldnt get far. Oh, and before any animal cruelty people throw up hands, again this year, not one dog has died during the race as yet, and touch wood it stays that way.
So in tribute to them, and what the leaders will be doing shortly, we come to the video. No, Nome isnt home strictly, just the end of the race, but the sentiment is there.