09 March 2021

Iditarod Update: March 9

March 9 — 5:25 a.m.

Redington first into Nikolai

Just before 5 a.m., veteran Iditarod musher Ryan Redington was the first to check-in to the Nikolai checkpoint. The Iditarod GPS tracker shows Aaron Burmeister and Richie Diehl right behind him.

Here’s a look at where mushers stand right now according to the standings:

PositionMusherBib No.Checkpoint
1Ryan Redington20In Nikolai — 4:45 a.m
2Martin Buser34Out of Rohn — 4:58 p.m.
3Richie Diehl6Out of Rohn — 5:25 p.m.
4Pete Kaiser3Out of Rohn — 6:12 p.m.
5Brent Sass21Out of Rohn — 6:27 p.m.


March 9 — 1:00 a.m.

Zirkle injured, per race marshal; most mushers have arrived at Rohn

Iditarod Race Marshal Mark Nordman says veteran musher Aliy Zirkle was injured upon arrival at Rohn and has been taken to Anchorage for evaluation. Little information was immediately available, though Nordman said Zirkle was in “stable condition.” (Zirkle had announced her intention to retire after this year's race.)


Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Thanks Reverend. I am hoping Zirkle is not too seriously injured (I recognize from previous years), but am somewhat morbidly curious what sort of injury and how it was caused. I can only think of either very minor or very terrible ones.

Suz said...

I hope Ali is ok--I have followed her for a while now.
Thank you by the way, for sharing this with the rest of us down here in the lower 48.

Rev. Paul said...

TB, they weren’t saying, but she had to be medevac’d to Anchorage. So not minor.

Suz, I’m sure Aliy will be okay. She’s been hurt horribly in the off-season, a few years ago, and still raced that winter. And you’re welcome.