The day before the race it snowed heavily and even with crews working on the first 20 miles of the trail in the evening and early the next morning, the trails were still deep and soft with temperatures ranging from +28 to -7. Both the mushers, officials, and the trail crew on snowmachines had a hard days work getting to the half way point at Yentna Station and most of the officials were forced to snowmobile out rather than fly. This year we were able to finally get back to our long stated, and usual goal of a 150 mile race with the addition of 15 miles on the Aurora Dog Mushers Club track which had a definite advantage of terrain as well as groomed, and well marked trails, only five miles from the start of the race in Knik rather than trails put in closer to the half way point a week or so before, that turn to sugar after the first few teams traverse them. This had the advantage of putting in the needed mileage closer to the beginning of the race and on the first day in the event a team needs assistance early in the race. It also makes for a shorter day on Sunday for mushers and dogs.
Hours Min Sec
Anchor Point, AK
Two Rivers, AK
Anchor Point, AK
North Pole, AK
Eagle River, AK
Ilsa Schwarzburg - Scratched
Kristen Crain - Scratched
Taylar Holt - Scratched
Blue Harness (Lead Dog Award) - Rev -- owned by Cain Carter
Honorary Musher - Ola Williams
Humanitarian - Lacey Hart
Red Lantern - Mackenzie Davis
Rookie of the Year - Merissa Osmar
Sportsmanship - Charlie Allison
The 2009 Race Marshal was Larisa Myers.
Ola Williams was selected as the honorary musher. Volunteers are the backbone of many community organizations. They give their time willingly to support these endeavors. Ola Williams is one of those people. For at least 10 years, Ola has kept the Jr. Iditarod web page updated with information on the Jr. mushers on the trail. More importantly, she addresses the concerns of the parents who call day and night for the status of their mushers. She keeps track of all the volunteers and their locations as well. Ola is an active member of the HAM Radio Club, is involved with Girl Scout encampment projects, cookie sales and administration assistance, and let's not forget, she is also a local businesswoman.