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.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie

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