Defending Champion Mitch Seavey leading Iditarod Mushers out of Nikolai

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A familiar face has made his way to the front of the pack of mushers in the 2018 Iditarod.
The top five are all out of the Nikolai Checkpoint and Mitch Seavey is currently leading the way.
The defending champ left the Village checkpoint early this afternoon.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom left about 15 minutes behind Seavey while Ryan Redington, who was the first man to the Niklai Checkpoint is currently in third.
Nikolas Petit and Aaron Burmeister will round out our top five for right now.
We are down to 65 mushers as one more scratched since our last update.
DeeDee Jonrowe withdrew from the race this morning due to health reasons.
She also cited concerns about being able to care for her team.
This was the 36th stint in the Iditarod for Jonrowe, who previously said that this would be her last time running the race.