TALKEETNA— Sixty-two mushers have signed up to compete in the 2011 Iditarod sled dog race, including Talkeetna mushers Gerry Sousa and Heather Siirtola. Tuesday marked the deadline to sign up for the thirty-ninth Iditarod.The field includes four-time winner and current champion Lance Mackey as well as his stepson Cain Carter.
The top echelon of mushers signed up include former champions Rick Swenson, Mitch Seavey and Martin Buser and regular top ten mushers like Sebastian Schnuelle, Hans Gatt, Hugh Neff, John Baker and Paul Gebhard. Missing from the list is four-time winner Jeff King.
A large contingent of mushers from the Willow area are taking to the trail to Nome again. They are Dallas Seavey, Kelley Griffin, Matt Hayashida, DeeDee Jonrowe and brothers Cim and Ramey Smyth.
Also signed up are teams from Scotland, Jamaica, Canada and Norway.