Lance Mackey is hours ahead of the rest of the field in this years Iditarod sled dog race. He left the Elim checkpoint at 11am this morning. His closest competitors, Sebastian Schnuelle and John Baker arrived at Elim two hours later. All of the mushers were battling low temperatures and fierce wind today. The leaders have usually reached the village of White Mountain by now, where there is a mandatory 8 hour layover. But Mackey isn’t expected into the checkpoint until sometime later this evening.
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
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