Iditapod
Spela

Shageluk interview with Jessie Royer

Iditapod

00:00

Shageluk interview with Jessie Royer

Iditapod

The Iditapod is a podcast following the Last Great Race, from Alaska Public Media and KNOM Radio. This daily podcast about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race takes you out on the trail -- into checkpoints, down along the sea ice, and across the finish line in Nome. Hear interviews with mushers, behind the scenes news, and in-depth race analysis you won't find anywhere else. For episodes from season one of the Iditapod visit www.alaskapublic.org/iditapod

Iditapod

Front-of-the-pack 2019 Iditarod musher Jessie Royer talks to KNOM's Ben Matheson on Friday in Shageluk about having to drop a dog, what she's expecting from the trail ahead and how she feels about mushing near the front as one of the race's most competitive teams.

Published

Play Episode

Related episodes Iditapod

Iditapod

Iditarod interview with Aliy Zirkle
(NaN)
Here's a quick, couple-minute interview with Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle recorded Thursday in the checkpoint of Iditarod, where she was taking her 24-hour rest. KNOM's Ben Matheson asked about Zirkle's move passing other teams taking their 24s earlier to take the lead....

en sled dog alaska adventure dogs outdoors iditarod sleds mushing aliy zirkle

Iditapod

S3E10: Making it to the Yukon River
(NaN)
Top teams in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are reaching the Yukon River on Friday as the race enters its fifth day, with snow and more warm temperatures in the forecast. Girdwood's Nicolas Petit and Norwegian-by-way-of-Willow musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom have continued to leapfrog each other, with Nic winning a five-course meal in Anvik. We hear more about the different strategies as they came into focus earlier in the race and take a listener question about team positions for dogs....

en sled dog wilderness alaska adventure dogs outdoors nicolas petit iditarod sleds mushing aliy zirkle joar leifseth ulsom

Iditapod

Ophir interview with Nicolas Petit
(NaN)
He's been running out in front of much of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, so clearly Nic Petit is a hard musher to catch up with, but KNOM's Ben Matheson had a nice long chat with the Girdwood local and 2018 runner-up Wednesday in Ophir, where Petit took his mandatory 24-hour layover. They talked about Nic's strategy of camping out more and how the dogs are doing - including, yes, more poop talk - among other things....

en ben sled dog wilderness alaska adventure dogs outdoors matheson nicolas petit iditarod sleds mushing ophir

Iditapod

Takotna interview with Matt Failor
(NaN)
An extended interview with Willow musher Matt Failor, with Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes in Takotna. Hear more from the man who named a litter of dogs after heavy metal bands about getting more attention after winning the Kuskokwim 300, how his Iditarod is going and how he saw a snowmachiner, trying to pass him, crash along the trail....

en sled dog alaska matt adventure dogs outdoors iditarod mushing failor

Iditapod

The true story behind Dillon, the would-be Iditarod dog
(NaN)
Iditapod contributor Quince Mountain checks in from Winter Lake Lodge, a.k.a., thewhere a sled dog that lives at the lodge broke his chain and went for a run following Iditarod teams all the way up to Rainy Pass. Dillon's used to runs of up to 10 miles, but this was a 30-mile haul! Quince talks to lodge owner Carl Dixon and its manager, Lisa Rattan, about what they say is the real story....

en winter lake wilderness alaska adventure mountain outdoors iditarod lodge quince uglydogs

Iditapod

S3E9: Zirkle first to halfway. Plus: injuries, wildlife and litter names
(NaN)
Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle and all 14 of her SP Kennel dogs made it to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's halfway point, the Iditarod checkpoint, for her 24-hour layover. Other mushers coming off their 24s are expected through there Thursday. Earlier on their breaks, mushers shared stories of injuries, sled mishaps and wildlife encounters, as well as sled dog litter-naming conventions....

en sled dog alaska matt adventure king dogs jeff ed outdoors bruce lee nicolas hopkins petit iditarod mushing aliy zirkle joar leifseth ulsom failor

Iditapod

Tough-as-nails Richie Diehl and his busted face
(NaN)
Aniak musher Richie Diehl talks in Takotna about hitting a tree -- face first -- earlier in the race and continuing down the trail. Interview by Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Wednesday, March 6, 2019....

en sled dog alaska adventure dogs outdoors iditarod richie diehl mushing

Iditapod

Quince Mountain checks in from... Skwentna?
(NaN)
Braver Mountain Mushing's Quince Mountain is out on the 2019 Iditarod trail trying to catch up with the mushers on a snowmachine. Due to some technical issues, he was only in Skwentna for our Wednesday phone call. That's about 80 miles into the trail, and Wednesday saw leaders into the Iditarod checkpoint, which is about 430 miles into the 1,000-mile race. But.. Quince is alive and OK, and that's the important part. We talked about the journey so far, somehow even got on the topic of dog poop (again) and wh...

en dog wilderness alaska adventure blair dogs mountain outdoors iditarod quince braverman mushing braver uglydogs

Iditapod

McGrath interview with Aliy Zirkle
(NaN)
This is an extended interview with Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle in McGrath, recorded Tuesday, March 5, 2019 by KNOM Radio's Ben Matheson....

en sled dog alaska adventure dogs outdoors iditarod sp sleds kennel mushing aliy zirkle

Iditapod

S3E8: Taking 24-hour rests, as Aliy takes the lead
(NaN)
In this episode, we have a race update as mushers start to take their mandatory 24-hour rests at different checkpoints, part of the strategy of running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and we talk to the mushers at McGrath and Tokotna. Early Wednesday saw last year's runner-up, Nicolas Petit, in the lead for a time, heading into Ophir. But three-time second-place finisher Aliy Zirkle left that ghost town checkpoint before Petit and was mushing in first place prior to taking her 24. Plus, we answer a listen...

en sled dog alaska adventure dogs racing outdoors nicolas petit iditarod sleds mushing aliy zirkle

Iditapod

McGrath interview with Nic Petit
(NaN)
This is a bonus extended interview with Nicolas Petit in McGrath, where KNOM's Ben Matheson caught up with him, along with... another reporter whose name we do not know yet! This interview was recorded Tuesday, March 5, 2019....

en sled dog wilderness adventure sports dogs outdoors nicolas petit iditarod mushing

Iditapod

S3E7: Rainy Pass, race rookies and Rohn axe-throwing
(NaN)
In Episode 7, we talk to mushers making preparations at the Rainy Pass checkpoint, as well as some first-time Iditarod racers and... some volunteers staying entertained by throwing axes? Speaking of throwing axes (loosely), we also answer a question about what happens if you get hurt out on the trail....

en

Iditapod

S3E6: The first 100 miles
(NaN)
We check in from the trail, where mushers covered the first 100-plus miles from the Willow restart Sunday to the first checkpoints, Yentna and Skwentna, and on to Finger Lake. Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes talked to mushers at Skwentna overnight, and we take a listener question on sled design. Also, today's episode features an extended interview with Ester musher Paige Drobny, an Iditarod veteran and one of a record field of female mushers....

en

Iditapod

S3E5: Clock ticking after Willow restart
(NaN)
Fifty-two mushers headed out of Willow as the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in earnest Sunday, March 3. Iditapod host Casey Grove is joined by KNOM's Ben Matheson and Braver Mountain Mushing's Quince Mountain for discussions of the restart, early-race strategy and some of the numbers of the Iditarod, including that this year's race features the highest-ever percentage of female mushers....

en

Iditapod

S3E4: The Ceremonial Start
(NaN)
We talk about why the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage is a thing, hear what mushers are talking about this year, and visit with the Trailgaters. It's the last time anyone gets to catch their breath before the real start of the race. And maybe catch a few hotdogs, too....

en wilderness alaska sports dogs outdoors iditarod mushing

Iditapod

S3E3: This year's race
(NaN)
We talk about trail conditions, which teams look like contenders for the Top 10, our Rookie Of The Year Picks, and the best ways to follow the race. Also, a quick intro to our team on the trail....

en wilderness sports dogs outdoors iditarod mushing

Iditapod

Extended interview with Brent Sass
(NaN)
As promised in Season 3, Episode 1, here's an extended cut of the interview with two-time Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass of Eureka, the location of his kennel, Wild and Free mushing....

en

Iditapod

S3E2: The racing season so far
(NaN)
We take a quick look back at competitive mid-distance sled dog races that many Iditarod mushers use as qualifier or tune-up races. And though he's not in Iditarod this year, we talk to Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass about that race, his plans to return to Iditarod next year and who he thinks could win this year. We also take a visit to Alpine Creek Lodge off the Denali Highway, a remote yet comfortable training ground for established and up-and-coming dog teams alike....

en winter sled dog wilderness quest dogs outdoors iditarod yukon mushing

Iditapod

S2E16: Wrapping up from Nome
(NaN)
Alaska Public Media's reporter on the Iditarod Trail, Zachariah Hughes, talks from Nome about the scene there as race finishers mush into town, and KNOM interviews with third-place finisher Mitch Seavey shed some light on his race, including a tough trail along the Bering Sea coast and becoming better friends with Joar Leifseth Ulsom (the new champ!) and runner-up Nicolas Petit. Plus, we go rapid-fire with questions about how fast the dogs run, trail mail and the Burled Arch....

en sled dog alaska dogs iditarod mushing

Iditapod

S2E15: A new Norwegian champ, and the runner-up reflects
(NaN)
The Iditarod has crowned a new Norwegian champion: Joar Leifseth Ulsom. The 31-year-old pulled under Nome’s Burled Arch at 3 a.m. Wednesday with eight dogs in harness to claim his first championship, taking the win in Iditarod 46. Ulsom is the first Norwegian musher to win the thousand-mile sled dog race since Robert Sørlie in 2005. Girdwood's Nicolas Petit arrived a little over two hours later, and he spoke to reporters about how his race went and where it went wrong....

en sled dog alaska dogs iditarod mushing

Iditapod

S2E14: The ol' Norwegian switcheroo, and the old guard passes the mantle
(NaN)
There was a major shakeup at the front of the 2018 Iditarod on Monday, when Joar Leifseth Ulsom slipped past previous leader Nicolas Petit while Petit lost the trail on the Bering Sea coast between Shaktoolik and Koyuk. The table is now set for Ulsom, first to White Mountain and only 77 miles from the finish in Nome, to win his first Iditarod championship and the first for a Norwegian -- or anybody else not originally from the U.S. -- since 2005. But, as we hear in this episode, a lead and a long rest at Wh...

en sled dog alaska dogs iditarod mushing

Iditapod

S2E13: Onto coastal ice, DeeDee in UNK and oh snaps! Plus, Dallas Seavey in Norway
(NaN)
It's Monday and the frontrunners in the 2018 Iditarod are on the Bering Sea coast, venturing out on a trail over sea ice from Shaktoolik to Koyuk. Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes caught up with the top three -- Nicolas Petit, Mitch Seavey, Joar Leifseth Ulsom -- in Unalakleet on Sunday, as well as the legendary musher DeeDee Jonrowe, who scratched earlier in what she says was her last Iditarod after 36 total starts. We also hear from a Norwegian mushing reporter on four-time Iditarod champ Dallas Sea...

en sled dog alaska dogs iditarod mushing finnmarkslpet

Iditapod

S2E12: Petit leads, but how did we get here? Plus: Fantasy mushing..?!
(NaN)
As Girdwood's Nicolas Petit, Norwegian Joar Leifseth Ulsom and defending champ Mitch Seavey lead a chase pack to Unalakleet and the Bering Sea coast, we talk to Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes about how the 2018 Iditarod shaped up like this and how that chase pack got so bunched up. Also on today's Iditapod, we have a report from KCAW's Katherine Rose about a way for Iditarod fans around the world to get connected to the race: fantasy mushing....

en sled dog alaska dogs iditarod mushing