Sixty-9 mushers have signed as much as compete within the 2018 Iditarod Path Sled Canine Race, together with 4 returning race champions and sixteen rookies.
The deadline to register for the 2018 Iditarod was Friday. Mushers can nonetheless signal as much as compete within the race till Feb. 15, however now they need to pay double — a $four,000 late payment along with the $four,000 entry charge, in response to race guidelines.
For now, the dimensions of the 2018 Iditarod subject is about common. Seventy-two mushers competed within the 2017 Iditarod. The yr earlier than that, eighty five mushers began the race, the third largest subject ever. The final time the Iditarod had sixty nine complete groups was in 2014.
To date, the 2018 Iditarod mushers embrace 17 ladies and fifty two males. Eleven mushers listed their hometown as someplace outdoors the USA — eight are from Canada, two from Norway and one is from Sweden. A complete of forty nine mushers stated they have been from Alaska.
Reigning Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey is signed up for the 2018 race, as are 4-time Iditarod champions Martin Buser and Jeff King. John Baker, the 2011 Iditarod champion, can also be signed as much as compete.
4-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey and his sled canine staff won’t present up on the 2018 beginning line. As an alternative, they will be in Norway.
Final week, Seavey introduced that he would compete within the 2018 Finnmarksløpet, Europe’s longest sled canine race. The 745-mile race begins on March 9 in Norway.
“It is necessary to me to have a lifetime of mushing experiences, not simply operating the identical race time and again,” Seavey stated in a video posted on-line.
The 2018 Iditarod ceremonial begin is scheduled for March three in Anchorage with a restart in Willow the next day.