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Mihkail Tel'pin is on the trails again: Iditarod-2013
13 december 2012 г.

The Chukchi musher Mikhail Tel'pin arrived to willow, Alaska to run the Iditarod 2013. He came ahead of the race in order to train, learn more English and adjust to the different environemnt along with his Chukchi sled dogs. Mikhail is in Willow, Alaska at the same place where he was before. A Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom and his colleague [cut]Millie Porsild support him here.

The first weekend, a day after Mikhail's arrival to Alaska, Mikhail and Joar attended the mandatory Iditarod Rookie Meeting, where Mikhail got his first official Iditarod picture taken, his translator Leonid was there to help out. Elisabeth Shea of the Shared Beringia Park Service was able to find a translator Leonid for Mikhail very fast, so that he could learn the new rules of the new race for him.

That was 9 hours of intense information and training starting with a 2-hour talk by Chief Veterinarian Stu Iditarod Race Marshal, Mark Nordman on that meeting in Anchorage. The Iditarod has 16 check-point along the 1700 km route, and each check point was explained at the meeting.Dee Dee JonRowe shares her vast knowledge of the Iditarod race which she has finished 30 times. Next day the Iditarod Rookie meeting took place at the "Happy Trails Kennel" - the famous kennel of 4-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser.

Iditarod 2013 Rookies Meeting. Photo credit to Kamila Porsild
Iditarod 2013 Rookies Meeting. Photo credit to Kamila Porsild

Elisabeth Shea, form the Shared Beringia Program, NPS with Leonid, Mikhail's interpriter and Telpin himself
Elisabeth Shea, form the Shared Beringia Program, NPS with Leonid, Mikhail's interpriter and Telpin himself

4-times Iditarod Champion Martin Buser shares his knowledge and experience about racing the Iditarod race. He is also known for his many innovations and innovative ways -- for one he loves 'mouse wheels' for his sled dogs! Martin Buser explains his temperature-controlled inside running track used for his dogs in experiments for scientists. Mikhail asked many questions and Leonid was very helpful.

This news is presented from Kamila Porsild's words.

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