Iditarod Update, Day 8

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IDITAROD TRAIL, Alaska (KTVF)- It is day eight of the Iditarod, and one musher is starting to pull away from the pack.

Mitch Seavey has held first place for a few days now and he is staring to close in on the finish line in Nome. He arrived in Elim earlier today.

Dallas Seavey is in second place, trying to catch his father.

Nicolas Petit is in third with Joar Leifseth Ulsom in fourth.

Wade Marrs rounds out the top five.

If someone is going to beat the Elder Seavey to Nome, they will have to make their move soon.

Dave Branholm scratched at the Kaltag checkpoint this afternoon leaving 67 mushers still in the field.

Ellen Halverson is currently the red lantern holder.

The trail committee is taking new action to ensure that another dog does not overheat after being taken in a helicopter, following Scott Smith's dog Smoke dying during a transport over the weekend. They will no longer transport the dogs in coats and will increase the ventilation in the cabin for cooler temperatures.