Joar Leifseth Ulsom has retaken the lead as they close in on the burled arch in Nome!
Ulsom left Elim at 1:04 this morning and is down to 12 dogs. His average speed getting into Elim was 6.78 mph.
Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 11:00 AM Eastern 3/13/18
All five of the leaders have cleared the Kaltag checkpoint and are headed for the coast 85 miles away at Unalakleet. Pete Kaiser (Photo: Iditarod.com)
Nicholas Petit remains in the lead, leaving Kaltag this morning at 1:43 am after dropping one dog. He continues on with 13 dogs and has had an average speed of 4.53 mph.
Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 1:00 PM Eastern 3/11/18
All five of the top mushers on the leaderboard have cleared the checkpoint at Grayling.
After briefly losing his lead to Mitch Seavey yesterday, Nicolas Petit is back in front, leaving Grayling yesterday at 4:48 pm (Alaska time) with 14 dogs and an average speed of 6.35 mph.
Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 9:15 AM Eastern 3/10/18
Nicolas Petit has taken the lead, checking into Anvik at 5:21 (Alaska time) this morning. He has 14 dogs and is running at an average speed of 7.94 mph. Nick Petit (Photo: Iditarod.com) Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 12:30 PM Eastern 3/9/18
The majority of the top five are headed for the Iditarod checkpoint, trying to catch up with leader Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who checked in there at 8:28 (Alaska time) last night. He is apparently taking one of his rest breaks, as he spent the night there with all 16 of his dogs. Ulsom’s next objective after he leaves Iditarod is Shageluk, 55 miles away. His average speed has been 5.13 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 8 AM Eastern 3/8/18
Just after I posted the standings this morning, Hugh Neff breezed into Takotna (at 6:19 Alaska time) and left 5 minutes later, meaning he is now in second place! Hugh Neff (photo: Iditarod.com)
The race is one of strategy as much as of speed. How long can you go without giving your team any real rest, vs. how long do you spend in any one checkpoint.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the first racer to make it to Ophir, clocking in at 4:42 (Alaska time) this morning and leaving 10 minutes later. He still has all 16 of his dogs and is traveling at an average speed of 7.89 miles per hour. Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Photo: Iditarod.com)
The remainder of the top five are resting a bit in Takotna, just 30 miles short of Ophir.
Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 10 AM Eastern, 3/7/18
The top five racers are all past the 7th checkpoint. Ryan Redington (photo: Iditarod.com)
Ryan Redington is in first place, having left Rohn at 7:08 last night (Alaska time). He dropped one dog in Rohn, leaving him with 13, and his average speed is 8.75 mph. Continue reading Iditarod Standings at 8 AM Eastern 3/6/18