Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/18
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ME --- so we don't have a "NOT" issue
Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris VAN DUSEN ('48)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi WILSON ('65) 
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari ECKERT ('65)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janey ZWICKER ('71)

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>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: 40 days till the start of Iditarod 2018
  http://www.iditarod.com/ - Official Iditarod Site

CHECKPOINTS: There are over 20 checkpoints along the trail
where mushers must sign in and where each musher's 2,500
pounds of dog food has been distributed. A veterinarian is
stationed at each checkpoint to provide care to the dogs.

There are currently 26 checkpoints on the northern (odd
years) route and 27 on the southern (even years) route where
mushers must sign in. Some mushers prefer to camp on the
trail and immediately press on, but others stay and rest.
Mushers prepare "drop bags" of supplies which are flown ahead
to each checkpoint by the Iditarod Air Force. The gear
includes food for the musher and the dogs, extra booties for
the dogs, headlamps for night travel, batteries (for the
lamps, music, or radios), tools and sled parts for repairs,
and even lightweight sleds for the final dash to Nome. 

There are three mandatory rests that each team must take
during the Iditarod: one 24-hour layover, to be taken at any
checkpoint; one eight-hour layover, taken at any checkpoint
on the Yukon River; and an eight-hour stop at White Mountain.

Southern Route (even years)
CHECKPOINT (# miles from Anchorage)
Anchorage (0)
Campbell Airstrip (11)
Willow (11)
Yentna (53)
Skwentna (83)
Finger Lake (123)
Rainy Pass (153)
Rohn (188)
Nikolai (263)
McGrath (311)
Takotna (329)
Ophir (352)
Iditarod (432)
Shageluk (487)
Anvik (512)
Grayling (530)
Eagle Island (592)
Kaltag (652)
Unalakleet (737)
Shaktoolik (777)
Koyuk (827)
Elim (875)
Golovin (903)
White Mountain (921)
Safety (976)
Nome (998)

As the race progresses, there will be checkpoint notes as 
the first teams arrive at each checkpoint.

There will be volunteer vet at each checkpoint.

-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 54 at 1am
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