Aliy Zirkle, hoping to end her streak of second-place finishes, was the first out of Kaltag early Saturday morning. She left about 3:18 with 11 dogs in her team. She spent just a few minutes at the checkpoint before darting off for Unalakleet.
Martin Buser left Kaltag about 5:34 Saturday morning with 14 dogs. Nicolas Petit was in third place on Saturday morning. He left Kaltag about 7:14 with 14 dogs.
Dallas Seavey, who won two years ago, jumped into fourth place. He was in Kaltag Saturday morning.