March 4 McGrath

Good morning from McGrath.

Current conditions here: 18 F

Forecast for the Shageluk area, where the current leaders in the 1000-mile race are:

Today

Rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35 F. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain and snow likely before midnight, then snow. Low around 31 F. Southeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday

Snow before 9 am, then rain and snow. High near 35 F. Southeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

More racers arrived in McGrath last night. Asbjorn Bruun from Denmark became the first and only skier to finish, with a time of 7 days, 11 hours, 27 minutes. Congratulations!

Donald Kane and Eric Johnson, both signed up in the 1000-mile event, are here.

Vincent Poffet, Daniel Slater and Jason Davis – all rookies this year – have crossed the finish line in McGrath. Congratulations!

The Schneiderheinzes’ residence is busy again with trail chatter and finishers enjoying the warm hospitality here, with mancakes, omelettes and French-pressed coffee.

Both Kyle Durand and I are here to congratulate the finishers.

What an amazing field and high quality of athletes this year, and the greatest people to share stories and spend time with here at the finish line in McGrath.

Today, Day 8 of the event, we have a few more racers on the trail between Nikolai and McGrath.

There is a winter blizzard moving into the Lower Yukon area around Shageluk, with temperatures rising to 35 F, and rain and snow from 5-8 inches to possibly even 16 inches.

Iditarod Sled Dog Race trail breakers are in McGrath and heading up the trail today ahead of the dog race, which started yesterday in Willow. The first mushers will be in McGrath tomorrow night.

Our 1000-mile leaders, Troy Scurkowski, Petr Ineman, Jose Bermudez and John Logar, have been stopped at the Moose Creek cabin for quite some time.

The question remains, is there a trail to Iditarod and Shageluk?

Kathi MerchantComment