FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) March 17, 6:30 p.m.
Mushers are on Day 10 of the Iditarod trail, and the dogs can smell the Nome finish line. Thomas Waerner, of Norway, has a comfortable five-hour lead while leaving the White Mountain checkpoint. With all his required layovers out of the way, Waerner is eyeing Nome, looking to become the third Norwegian to win the Iditarod. There are about 77 miles between White Mountain and the Nome finish line. Trailing in second, three-time winner of the" Last Great Race on Earth", Mitch Seavey, who most recently won in 2017. Currently in third, Fairbanks' Jessie Royer and her 13 dogs at White Mountain. This year's Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass is in fourth place, while Aaron Burmeister rounds out the top five. At publishing, 11 mushers have scratched from the race. Other notable placements include last year's champion Peter Kaiser in 15th, Aliy Zirkle in 19th and Lance Mackey in 21st. The rookie leader is Mille Porsild of Denmark, while the current red lantern, aka last place, is rookie Quince Mountain. Complete standings can be found at https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/
March 16, 6:30 p.m.
The original 975-miles of Iditarod trail are dwindling down for the top mushers on Day 8 of "The Last Great Race on Earth". First to the Koyuk checkpoint, Thomas Waerner, of Torpa, Norway. Followed closely behind, Fairbanks' Jessie Royer, who moves to the number two spot over the weekend. Aaron Burmeister is currently in third, while Wade Marrs, of Willow is in fourth. Rounding out the top five, the 2020 Yukon Quest champion, Brent Sass. Complete standings can be founds at https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/
March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Day six of the Iditarod clock is ticking and two of the top mushers are trading leads down the stretch. Fairbanks' Jessie Royer currently holds the top spot, while 2020 Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass is hot on her trails. Both mushers are looking to make history in their own way. Royer could become the first woman champion since Susan Butcher in 1990, while Sass is looking to become the second musher ever to win the Quest and the Iditarod in the same year, when Lance Mackey did it in 2007. Thomas Waerner, of Norway, cracks the top three, while defending Iditarod champion Peter Kaiser is in fourth. Aaron Burmeister rounds out the top five, while Mackey is currently in 13th. Complete results can be founds at https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/
As the race pushes on, organizers have had to adjust on the fly how to approach the COVID-19 pandemic. The Iditarod Trail Committee has removed all non-essential staff, with primarily vets, dog handlers, logistics and communication coordinators on the trail. Checkpoints have been moved to outside, while they encourage spectators not to attend the finish line in Nome, where mushers are expected to come in early next week.
March 13, 6:30 p.m.
As mushers reach the back-half of the 1,000-mile Iditarod trail, Jessie Royer, of Fairbanks, leads the pack. The Iditarod has not had a woman champion since Susan Butcher in 1990. Currently in second, this year's Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass with 13 dogs remaining. Barging their way up the standings, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, from Mo i Rana, Norway, in third place. Richie Diehl sits in fourth place, while Ryan Redington, of Skagway rounds out the top five. Defending Iditarod champion Peter Kaiser is currently in sixth, while mushing legend Lance Mackey is in the 8th spot. Full Iditarod standings can be found at: https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/ March 12, 6:45 p.m.
Fairbanks' own Jessie Royer was the first musher to leave Cripple checkpoint, leading the pack. Royer holds a short lead over second placed Aaron Burmeister who is also out of Cripple. There are 12 mushers in the Cripple checkpoint, highlighted by 2020 Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass.
The top rookie is Martin Massicotte at 23rd while the red lantern musher is Adam Eischens.
March 11, 6:45 p.m.
The 2020 Iditarod pushes through day three with mushers jockeying for position in the early stages. A pair of women have taken over the standings, as Paige Drobny, of Cantwell, has leaped to the top spot. Canadian Michelle Phillips, the 2020 Yukon Quest runner-up, is currently in second place as mushers pile into the Ophir checkpoint. Three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey sits in third place, while 2020 Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass is in fourth. Four-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey currently rounds out the top five. Complete Iditarod standings can be found at https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/.
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March 10, 6:45 p.m.
Day two of the 2020 Iditarod is in the books, with plenty of shakeup in the leader boards. First into the Nikolai checkpoint, 2020 Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass. Sass is looking to become just the second musher ever to win the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod in the same year, after Lance Mackey first did it in 2007. University of Alaska Anchorage graduate Richie Diehl remains in second place, while a couple of musher make their first appearance in the top five. Jessie Royer, of Fairbanks, and Wade Marrs, of Willow, sit at the third and fourth spots respectively. Rounding out the top five is Aaron Burmeister, who was the leader at yesterday's broadcast time. Complete Iditarod standings can be found out https://iditarod.com/race/2020/standings/t.
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The Iditarod is starting to heat up with 57 mushers out on the trails. Aaron Burmeister currently holds the top spot. He left the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 2:45 P.M. on March 9.
In second is University of Alaska Anchorage alumni Richie Diehl, who is less than an hour behind Burmeister. In third is Peter Kaiser, who is only a minute behind Diehl, while Fairbanks’ own Lance Mackey is fourth. To round out the Top-5 is 2020 Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass, who is attempting to be the first musher to win both the Idiatarod and the Yukon Quest since Lance Mackey in 2007.
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