- Written by Dave Costello
The final days of the 2014 Iditarod have been marked for the top finishers by howling winds, poor snow conditions, and a neck and neck race to the finish line in Nome. In the end, Dallas Seavey, 26, of Willow, Alaska, who, in 2012, became the youngest person to ever win the race, crossed the line first at 4:04 a.m. this morning on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He completed the 1,000-mile course a mere two minutes ahead of second place finisher, Aliy Zirkle, 44, of Two Rivers, Alaska. In spite of the notably difficult trail conditions this year, Seavey still managed to finish the race in record time: eight days 13 hours 4 minutes and 19 seconds— more than five hours faster than the previous record held by 2011 race winner, John Baker.
- Written by Tim Wright
- Written by Michelle Theall
In the April issue, we mentioned that our editors had a few books coming out and that we'd post an excerpt online. As promised, the adapted excerpt below is taken from Teaching the Cat to Sit, Alaska editor Michelle Theall’s new memoir. Some names have been changed to protect privacy.
I can clearly picture Jeremy’s face, with his curious algae-colored eyes and the ears that stuck out from his head in an attentive way, like he was trying to understand us. He was twenty-one days old and had been removed from his mother at the hospital because he was born drug-positive. Mom was an eighteen-year-old addict. Dad was thirty-six and had disappeared. Social services had placed the baby back in the home with his mom three times in three weeks, with no success.