Monday, March 12, 2007

Iditarod update 3-12-07

Cabela's Iditarod

Hello Race Fans,
We're moving into the final stretch and Lance Mackey has taken a commanding lead, but don't count out any of the pursuing mushers. Martin Buser is hot on his heels, and for that matter Jeff King has charged his team's batteries in Shaktoolik and is now moving toward the front of the pack with a refreshed team. Over the past few days, the front four have taken turns in the lead, if only reluctantly, but Mackey made his move last night and appears to be headed toward joining his brother and father in the winner's circle wearing their family's lucky No. 13 bib. Once Mackey gets to White Mountain, the gap between him and the mushers that are chasing will determine just how close the race will be to Nome. All mushers are required to take a mandatory eight-hour layover there, and do not have the discretion to leave early and regain the lead. Jon filed his morning report and hopped in the airplane to catch Mackey and other leaders in Koyuk. Check back often for the latest updates in this exciting edition of "The Last Great Race on Earth."
2007 Iditarod in Mackey's grip By Jon LittleThe 2007 Iditarod appears to be firmly in Lance Mackey's hands as the race hits its home stretch. The son of 1978 champion, Dick, and brother of 1982 champion, Rick, posted the fastest time to Shaktoolik, dropped a dog and merrily bolted back onto the sea is to Koyuk with a string of 13.
Read Little's report.

Morgan and I went downtown to see what's been set up already. We took a lot of pictures of downtown Nome. They were still working on setting up the finish line.

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