March 12, 2017
As the sun rose over western Alaska Sunday morning a freight train of mushers was bouncing over the Kaltag Portage enroute to Unalakleet, trying to sort out the top spots in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Just two hours, 10 minutes separated the top five racers — and they were on equal footing, having all completed both their 24-hour and eight-hour mandatory rests.
The top two were Seaveys, something Iditarod fans are becoming accustomed to, with Mitch out at 4:40 a.m. and son Dallas just five minutes behind. Then came 26-year-old Wade Marrs of Willow at 5:28 a.m., with Nicolas Petit of Girdwood following about an hour later. Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom was 15 minutes behind Petit.
Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers, a three-time runner up in the 1,000-mile race to Nome, was sixth.
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