Coast Guard sponsored musher on course in 2010 Iditarod

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Coast Guard sponsored Iditarod racer Ken Anderson departs on the race re-start point of the 38th edition of the Iditarod in Willow, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley) Click the image to view more photos from the restart.
Coast Guard sponsored Iditarod racer Ken Anderson departs on the race re-start point of the 38th edition of the Iditarod in Willow, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley) Click the image to view more photos from the restart.

Coast Guard sponsored musher Ken Anderson is on course in the 2010 Iditarod – known as “the last great race on EARTH.”

As of the writing of this blog post, Ken is in 49th place among the 71 teams of dogs and mushers in this year’s race. According to the latest post on his own blog, that is expected to change as the mushers’ race strategies begin to unfold.

Ken got off to a good start, and seemed more calm and focused than I have ever seen him before. He said he thought his physical and mental conditioning was very good this year, as was that of the dogs. I took a quick look at the Iditarod webpage and it looks like Ken is resting comfortably in Skwentna, the second checkpoint, in 29th place. That means he’s moved up a bit since he started in 51st place this morning, but part of this is due to some leap-frogging that is inevitably going to be taking place as different musher strategies start to emerge. This means that teams like Lance, who are resting before Skwentna, are temporarily back in the standings until they pack up, take off, and almost certainly go right through Skwentna without stopping. (Click here to read the entire post as written by Ken’s wife, and fellow musher, Gwen Holdmann including some insight on Ken’s race strategy.)

Click here for photos and video from this weekend’s ceremonial race start in Anchorage, Alaska. And, don’t forget to follow the race on Coast Guard District 17’s Twitter page.

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