FAIRBANKS — Nine mushers from the Interior were among the 62 people who took advantage of early registration for next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Thirty-seven mushers signed up in person on Saturday at the Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla and 25 others entered by mail. The registration deadline is Dec. 1.
Three-time defending champion Dallas Seavey, of Willow, and his father, Mitch, of Seward, and this year’s runner-up, also are among the early entries.
The 44th edition of the 1,100-mile race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. March 6, 2016, with a ceremonial start on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage.
Depending on weather, the restart is set to take place March 7, 2016, in Willow. A lack of snow in Southcentral this past winter forced the restart to be moved to Pike’s Landing in Fairbanks. The race also restarted from Pike’s in 2003.
The Iditarod finishes on Front Street in Nome.
The early entries from the Interior are Jeff King of Denali Park; spouses Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore of Two Rivers; Brent Sass of Eureka; Mike Santos of Cantwell; Kristin Knight Pace of Healy; Cody Strathe of Fairbanks; Ryne Olson, of Two Rivers and Noah Burmeister of Nenana.
King is a four-time Iditarod champion and he placed seventh in this year’s race. Zirkle was runner-up from 2012-14 and placed fifth this year, while Moore came in 38th.
Sass was disqualified from the race for carrying a device capable of two-way communication. Sass, who reached the Tanana checkpoint, was carrying an iPod Touch that had wireless Internet capability.
Sass won this year’s Yukon Quest International race, which runs 1,000 miles each February from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Here are the entrants, in order of their draw position at the Start Banquet in March:
1. Allen Moore, Two Rivers
2. Jan Steves, Willow
3. Mats Pettersson, Kiruna, Sweden
4. Patrick Beall, Norman, Oklahoma
5. Mike Santos, Cantwell
6. Ellen Halverson, Wasilla
7. Mitch Seavey, Seward
8. Jeff King, Denali
9. Rick Casillo, Big Lake
10. Lisbet Norris, Willow
11. Brent Sass, Eureka
12. Rob Cooke, Whitehorse, Yukon
13. Travis Beals, Seward
14. Dag Olsen, Hammerfest, Norway
15. Kristin Knight Pace, Healy
16. Martin Buser, Big Lake
17. Jodi Bailey, Chatanika
18. Cody Strathe, Fairbanks
19. Pete Kaiser, Bethel
20. Kelly Maixner, Big Lake
21. Wade Marrs, Willow
22. Cim Smyth, Big Lake
23. Dallas Seavey, Willow
24. Seth Barnes, Stockton, Alabama
25. Rohn Buser, Big Lake
26. DeeDee Jonrowe, Willow
27. Jim Lanier, Chugiak
28. Ryne Olson, Two Rivers
29. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Willow
30. Mary Helwig, Willow
31. Jessie Royer, Darby, Montana
32. Becca Moore, Willow
33. Monica Zappa, Kasilof
34. Nicolas Petit, Girdwood
35. Anny Berington, Knik
36. Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers
37. Scott Janssen, Anchorage
38. Robert Sorlie, Hurdal, Norway
39. Justin Savidis, Willow
40. Jason Campeau, Alberta, British Columbia
41. Richie Diehl, Aniak
42. Gwenn Bogart, Wasilla
43. Trent Herbst, Ketchum, Idaho
44. Noah Burmeister, Nenana
45. Sigrid Ekran, Alvdal, Norway
46. Kristin Bacon, Big Lake
47. Robert Redington, Wasilla
48. Nathan Schroeder, Chisholm, Minnesota
49. Michael Williams Jr., Akiak
50. Noah Pereira, Brockport, New York
51. Charley Bejna, Addison, Illinois
52. Tore Albrigtson, Tromso, Norway
53. Ed Stielstra, McMillan, Michigan
54. Ryan Redington, Knik
55. Robert Bundtzen, Anchorage
56. Michelle Phillips, Whitehorse, Yukon
57. Paul Gebhardt, Kasilof
58. Linwood, Fiedler, Willow
59. Ketiel Reitan, Kaktovik
60. Ray Redington, Knik
61. Larry Daugherty, Eagle River
62. Alan Eischens, Wasilla