Mitch Seavey first to Elim, three follow from Koyuk

Mitch Seavey beds down his team in Kaltag (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)

Mitch Seavey has a substantial lead in the Iditarod, as the top mushers enter the final phase of the race. Seavey reached the Elim checkpoint at 3:26 p.m. According to the GPS tracker, Nicolas Petit is racing toward Elim in second, followed on the trail by Dallas Seavey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

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After Elim, the race heads to White Mountain, where mushers take a mandatory eight hour rest before the final push to the finish line in Nome.