Fast Pace Marks First Hours of Iditarod

Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Fans and supporters turned out in force Saturday to cheer on their favorite mushers.

This year’s Iditarod is shaping up to be a fast one. The leaders are already out of the Rainy Pass checkpoint.

Whitehorse musher Sebastian Schnuelle is in front. He left the checkpoint at 2:20 Monday afternoon.

But he doesn’t have much breathing room- John Baker from Kotzebue and Warren Palfrey from British Columbia are only about 20 minutes back. Ray Redington Jr and Zack Steer and Paul Gephardt are also close behind. A number of teams are resting at Rainy Pass, including Hans Gatt, Cim Smyth, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King.

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Photo of Schnuelle by Patrick Yack, APRN – Anchorage

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