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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Wednesday, January 23
The day before the race begins, downtown Joseph hums with activity, both human and canine. Locals flood the streets as busloads of schoolkids arrive from neighboring towns to meet the mushers and their teams during “Vet Check.” For the pre-race checkup, volunteer veterinarians go kennel to kennel, thoroughly examining every dog who will run the race, checking temperature, heart rate, and overall body condition.
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Wednesday, January 23
On Wednesday night, mushers and race officials hold a potluck at the Joseph Community Center, or “Race Central.” Trail boss Glenn McDonald walks participants through the course map, providing updates on weather and trail conditions, as mushers draw bib numbers from race marshal Terry Hinesly’s hat to determine starting positions. (No one gets Bib #1: that number is reserved to commemorate mushers who have been lost.)
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Thursday, January 24
Race president Randy Greenshields prepares for a long night at the Imnaha Tavern, a layover point 40 minutes outside of Joseph.
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Thursday, January 24
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Thursday, January 24
Laura Daugereau traverses the first section of the race: an arduous 600-foot climb up Ferguson Ridge, with the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Chief Joseph Mountain looming in the background. Daugereau won the 2013 Eagle Cap Extreme with her team of 12 Alaskan huskies, becoming the first woman ever to bring home the trophy for the race’s 200-mile event. A 2008 Iditarod veteran, Daugereau began training at age 13 with one of that race’s pioneering female mushers, Susan Butcher. (Butcher’s four Iditarod victories sparked the saying “Alaska: where men are men and women win the Iditarod.”)
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Friday, January 25
After 102 miles, in the dark of Friday night, teams reach Ollokot—a mandatory backcountry checkpoint, accessed by sled and snowmobile only, where each team must rest for six hours. Here, vets check dogs again as their mushers prepare straw beds for them. Here, Karen Ramstead, a 10-time Iditarod veteran from Perryvale, Alberta, fuels up in one of six tents, the “Ollokot Hilton.”
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75-year-old musher Laura Crocker runs her team of Siberian huskies.
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Saturday, January 26
Race director Troy Nave keeps warm as he awaits their arrival.
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Eagle Cap Extreme 2013: Saturday, January 26
Before the sun rises on Saturday (day three of the race), the lead teams begin to arrive at the finish line, also at Ferguson Ridge.
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Race champion Laura Daugereau celebrates her victory with the winner of the 100-mile race, Steve Riggs.
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