Monday, March 11, 2013
Rollercoaster! By Myron Angstman
The race has changed dramatically during this run from Koyuk to Elim. All my previous picks can be disregarded. We all have been reminded why it is foolish to handicap a long distance dog race. There are too many variables. We have four teams sitting in Elim, several more close by, and the race from White Mountain to Nome should a doozy. That might be spelled wrong but you get the idea.
What appears to be happening from this distance is there is some weakness up front, and no one has the ability to simply stay on the trail without stopping from Koyuk to White Mountain. That allowed the teams a ways back to tighten up the gap, and now we have a bunch of teams who could win it on the last run. Basically the fastest team leaving White Mountain within a few miles of the first team out is likely to win, and we won’t know who that is until tomorrow.
It is likely to be the most exciting finish in years.