Hello Race Fans,
As the leaders move closer to the coast, the miles and minutes left in Iditarod 35 become more precious as race leader Martin Buser sets the pace and the rest of the field attempts to close the gap. Buser shows no signs of wanting to give up his lead, as his team marches steadily toward Nome. Jeff King lost five minutes on the latest leg from Grayling to Eagle Island, where the top four teams had all checked in by 9:35 a.m. Saturday morning. Of the top six teams, only Zack Steer has not taken his mandatory eight-hour layover on the Yukon and this could be a huge factor for the Sheep Mountain, Alaska musher who held the lead earlier in the race. Lance Mackey has slipped slightly, allowing Paul Gebhardt to come into Eagle Island only one minute ahead of him, although Gebhardt's travel time from Grayling was 20 minutes faster. Once the mushers make it to Kaltag and turn toward the relentless, unforgiving winds along the coast, we will see whose team will be able to meet those challenges the best. Our on-the-scene reporter, Jon Little, is currently flying up to Kaltag and then on to Unalakleet, where he will wait for the leaders to arrive. Check back often for the latest updates in this exciting edition of "The Last Great Race on Earth."