Saturday, March 12, 2011
Iditarod 2011: No Clear Leader Yet
The Top 10 mushers have reached Eagle Island and only the front runner has left that check point. John Baker left Eagle Island at 4:05 this morning Alaska time with 13 dogs. Hugh Neff (12 dogs) and Lance Mackey (9 dogs) were less than an hour behind Baker reaching Eagle Island. All mushers start with 16 dogs, and are required to take two rest stops: one of 24 hours and one of 8 hours. The first seven mushers have all taken both mandatory rest stops.
Here's the map of the southern route so you can locate Eagle Island and see how far they still have to go.
Here's a video of Lance Mackey at the Anvik checkpoint opining that four-time winner Martin Buser is out of the race, and picking 61 year old Sonny Linder as the possible winner (assuming Mackey himself doesn't pull off a miracle with only 9 dogs).