Iditarod live blog: Dallas Seavey, Wade Marrs trade the lead on the Yukon River
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It’s day three of Iditarod 45, and guess what? It’s looking like a game of leapfrog.
Defending champion Dallas Seavey led a pack of mushers down the Yukon River toward the checkpoint of Ruby overnight but was trailed closely by last year’s fourth-place finisher, Wade Marrs. They appear to be running neck and neck, with trackers showing them flip-flopping the lead, depending on when the trackers update.
They were followed by a contingent of top contenders Wednesday morning, including two-time champion Mitch Seavey, Kuskokwim 300 champ Pete Kaiser and 2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year Joar Leifseth Ulsom.
It looks like mushers were contending with another frigid morning, with temps in Tanana and Ruby hovering around minus 30. It will make for some cold camping as mushers run the 119 miles to Ruby, the longest stretch of trail between checkpoints.
Expect mushers to stop and rest their teams at least once or even twice as they make their way down the Yukon.
— Suzanna Caldwell
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