Sonny Lindner took the lead in the 2014 Iditarod early Wednesday morning and was heading towards Cripple. He left Ophir almost two hours ahead of Aaron Burmeister. Lindner was racing with 16 dogs. Burmeister had 13 dogs.
Nicolas Petit was in third. Jeff King and Joar Leifseth Ulsom trailed Petit. All three were in Ophir at 6:00 a.m.
Martin Buser and Kelly Maixner were two mushers who had taken their required 24-hour break by Wednesday morning and were out of Nikolai.
Katherine Keith continued to lead the rookie field. She had reached Tokotna Wednesday morning.