Several female mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are trying out new attire that allows them to skip bathroom stops. Here, a musher and his team pass fans at the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage. Dan Joling/AP
It will take more than a week for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began Sunday, to cover nearly 1,000 miles. But every minute counts — and several mushers are trying out special pants that allow them to race without stopping for bathroom breaks.
That revelation comes from the Anchorage Daily News, whose Kyle Hopkins spoke to two women who are test-driving what they call “Pee Pants.” It turns out that’s the formal name — the attire is from North Carolina’s Kicos Medical, which seems to be another name for a chiropractic facility outside Charlotte.
After the inventor got in touch with mushers to ask if any women would like to try out the Pee Pants, “I bit,” said Dr. Christine Roalofs, a pediatric dentist in Anchorage.
More from the Daily News:
“At least two other mushers are using the apparatus — a mix of bicycle shorts, funnel and a tube that pokes out next to the musher’s boot — this year on the trail.”
“Roalofs, a rookie, said she’s happy to try anything that helps her drink more water and stop less at freezing temperatures, but the target audience is people like flight nurses, she said. “People that can’t pee but have to pee.'”
“The inventor is aiming for the general public too, she said. He figures it might help people party longer at tailgate parties.”
As of this writing, Roalofs and another Pee Pants tester, Angie Taggart, are still in the race, although they’re not currently threats to win. Before the race, Roalofs took Alaska Public Radio’s Annie Feidt on a short ride.
This year’s race has been marked by gusty winds and warm conditions that are reportedly deteriorating the trail.
Four mushers have pulled away from the pack to be the first to reach the halfway point in Iditarod. The next checkpoint is about 80 miles away in Anvik, where the first musher to arrive will be honored with a rib-eye steak dinner as the winner of the First to the Yukon award, the AP reports.
The first musher to reach the finish line in Nome will win a prize of more than $50,000 and a new pickup truck — something current leader Lance Mackey has said he sorely needs.
“My ex-wife got the first truck,” he said at the race’s start in Anchorage, “and the ’09 truck, I’m almost embarrassed to drive it in public it’s so beat up. So when I say I need a new truck I’m not kidding. The ’09’s got no window in it, the lights are busted out, (and) the front bumper’s gone.”
A street in Juneau is a popular locale for residents and tourists alike. South Franklin Street particularly is home to several bars, shops and a rich history. But some wonder how that street got its name.
By the end of the century, researchers predict climate change could displace millions of people across the country. As policymakers start to grapple with that reality, there's a specific phrase making the rounds: "managed retreat."
As part of Alaska Design Forum’s Nostalgia lecture series, Joel Salatin will present the problems with mainstream food/agriculture systems, and how a return to traditional ways will help us for
As part of Alaska Design Forum’s Nostalgia lecture series, Joel Salatin will present the problems with mainstream food/agriculture systems, and how a return to traditional ways will help us for the future. There also will be an emphasis on permaculture and agriculture system design. Advance purchase/registration (even for season pass holders) is highly recommended. Admission is $20 ($15 w/ student ID). There will be very limited seats available at the door.
KTOO is honored to host NPR humorist and award winning author, David Sedaris this May 14th at Juneau Douglas High School. He’ll read new, original pieces for an hour, and will sign books before and after the performance. We’re told the book signings are just as much a part of the event as the readings, and he sticks around until the last person wanting to connect has a chance. Hearthside Books will be on hand selling his latest.
MATURE CONTENT: Adult Language and Themes.
BABIES – Discouraged. Ticket required for all ages.
CHILDREN – Recommended for ages 13 and older.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of personal essays, “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” and his most recent book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” each of which have become immediate best sellers. The audio version of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. Sedaris is the author of the New York Times best-selling collection of fables, titled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer.) He was also the editor of “Children Playing before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.” Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “the Best American Essays.” There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 29 languages.
An Evening with David Sedaris is made possible with support from:
MudroomsReal people. real stories. Live, on stage. “Mudrooms” is a community-powered monthly event in Juneau, where real people tell real stories, live. Anchorage has “Arctic Entries”. In Juneau, we’re just as sophisticated – just a little muddier. Mudrooms’ creators are Amanda Compton and Alida Bus. Audio production by Marc Wheeler.
Focus On Community“Focus on Community” is an hour long, public affairs program hosted by different volunteer, community members each week. The format ranges from in-studio discussions, to live call-ins. Topics vary from peace initiatives to mental health problems to hotly debated town issues. Any and all community members are invited to present a show idea and work with us to bring it the air.
Telling Tales with Ms. GEach week, host, Ms.G, reads a selection of writing based around a given theme. Audio of her show is available the following day here on our website.