Zirkle Maintains Lead; Mackey Drops Back

Aliy Zirkle maintained her lead in the 40th Iditarod last night pulling into Takotna about 11:30 pm. Defending champion John Baker was in pursuit, coming into the checkpoint just after midnight. Mitch Seavey was virtually tied with Baker.

Jeff King and Dallas Seavey were following the leaders.

About two dozen mushers were in Takotna Wednesday morning. Lance Mackey, according to the Iditarod tracking service, was still at the McGrath checkpoint.