Last night, the leading Iditarod mushers knew the power of nature at its worst. Jeff King of Denali Park, Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers, and Dallas Seavey were not battling each other at the end of the race -- they were battling unrelenting wind and bitter cold.
Just minutes after finishing the race, musher Aliy Zirkle talks about her decision to stick around the Safety checkpoint in Iditarod 2014. It was a decision that ultimately allowed Dallas Seavey to win the race.
The normally snow-covered bay was slick ice this year. Combined with winds capable of blowing sleds off the trail, that portion of this year's Iditarod caused hardships for many mushers. Their travails were "horrible" to watch, said one witness.Craig Medred
Dallas Seavey on Tuesday seized his second Iditarod title, setting a new speed record, in a wild finish to this year's race. After previous race leader Jeff King scratched before Safety, Seavey passed Aliy Zirkle at that checkpoint and never relinquished his lead, in a repeat of his 2012 victory.Craig Medred, Suzanna Caldwell
The weather appeared to be stopping the Iditarod frontrunners on Monday night and Tuesday morning, as Jeff King scratched and new race leader Aliy Zirkle checked into Safety, but didn't check out at the last stop before Nome, only for Dallas Seavey to blow through the checkpoint.Alaska Dispatch
Only two years after a humbling defeat near the shores of the Bering Sea, grizzled Jeff King from the community of Denali Park in the heart of Alaska is poised to claim the crown as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champions of all time.
Superlatives were seldom in short supply during this Iditarod, a race that will be remembered for its lack of snow as much as a pace that may see more than a half-dozen mushers break the record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes.