The leaders in the 2014 Iditarod are about 2/3s of the way done, having made it through Kaltag.
The leader board shows Aliy Zirkle in the lead, having left Kaltag just after 3 am. She was followed by Martin Buser at 5:34, Nicolas Petit at 7:14, Sonny Lindner and Jeff King, who both left the checkpoint at 8:32. All have completed both their 8-hour and their 24-hour layovers.
Kaltag is 629 miles from the start in Anchorage. The race ends in Nome, 975 miles from the start.
Those of you who follow this annual race may remember that Zirkle finished 2nd last year, followed by King in 3rd place, Petit in 6th, and Lindner in 9th. Last year’s winner, Mitch Seavey, is currently running in 6th place, having left Kaltag about an hour after Lindner and King.
Of note: reigning and 4-time champion Lance Mackey moves from 6th yesterday to 3rd today.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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Most of the top ten race teams have either arrived or left the Nulato checkpoint, 393 miles from the finish line. With today’s Nome temperature again well below zero (-28 last I checked), I know they’re thinking 393 miles is about 392 miles too long!