UPDATE: Wade Marrs first musher to Koyukuk (mile 564) in Iditarod 45

Wade Marrs, first musher out of Huslia, at the front of Iditarod 2017. (Travis Khachatoorian / KTUU)
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STANDINGS
1. Wade Marrs (Bib No. 29) In to Koyukuk at 10:05 a.m.
2. Dallas Seavey (Bib No. 18) Out of Huslia at 7:39 p.m.
3. Joar Leifseth Ulsom (Bib No. 38) Out of Huslia 9:12 p.m.
4. Mitch Seavey (Bib No. 16) In to Huslia at 8:18 p.m.
5. Nicolas Petit (24) In to Huslia at 2:07 a.m.
6. Jessie Royer (37) In to Huslia at 3:56 a.m.
7. Michelle Phillips (9) In to Huslia at 4:44 a.m.
8. Ralph Johannessen (39) In to Huslia at 5:59 a.m.
9. John Baker (65) In t Huslia at 7:12 p.m.
10. Katherine Keith (52) Out of Galena 5:05 p.m.

[See full leaderboard here.]

[2-year-old Iditarod dog, Deacon, dies on the team of musher Seth Barnes]

UPDATE: Wade Marrs arrived in Koyukuk, mile 564, at 10:05 a.m. today to maintain the Iditarod lead.

ORIGINAL POST:

Wade Marrs and Dallas Seavey skipped the Huslia hospitality, opting to instead mush on through the checkpoint.

Both mushers have yet to take their 8-hour rest.

Mitch Seavey will be back on the trail soon after his 24 expires.


Girdwood racer Nicolas Petit joined Mitch Seavey early Friday morning at the Iditarod halfway point of Huslia.

Petit, who earlier in the race won $3,500 as first to the Yukon River, arrived nearly four hours after Seavey, who received the $3,000 halfway award. Jessie Royer and Michelle Phillips soon followed.

Race observers are full of praise for Mitch Seavey's team.

"Mitch is in the drivers seat big time," former Yukon Quest winner Sebastian Schnuelle wrote in a Facebook analysis. "He made up A LOT OF GROUND on that run (to Huslia) and with a team seeming to peak right before his 24 hr layover. A beautiful position to be in."


The village, home of the late mushing legend George Attla, is serving as an Iditarod checkpoint for just the second time.

[Peter Kaiser: Yes, you do have to keep an eye on the competition]

Much of the race is on pause as some mushers take their mandatory 24-hour rest. Defending champion Dallas Seavey and 26-year-old contender Wade Marrs have already completed their daylong break and are on the trail to Huslia.

The younger Seavey left Galena (mile 396) at 3:21 a.m. today. Huslia is mile 478 of this year's non-traditional route.

Despite sitting on top the leaderboard, the elder Seavey has not finished his mandatory 8-hour Yukon River layover while Petit, Royer and Phillips have.

Four-time winner Martin Buser is the only musher to have completed his 24- and 8-hour layovers.

This is what a dog team parking lot looks like in the Yukon River village of Ruby, in the middle of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Check out defending champ Dallas Seavey's new carbon-fiber sled. (Travis Kachatoorian / KTUU) - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

[The softer side of Dallas Seavey. 'I don’t need to hate my competitors to do my best']

[VIDEO: Linwood Fielder describes falling asleep, falling off sled as dogs raced ahead]

PREVIOUS UPDATE:

Last year's Iditarod runner-up is first to Huslia, the tiny village with a dog mushing history that sits about at the halfway mark of this unusual race route. Mitch Seavey checked in at 8:18 p.m. with 16 dogs.

Seavey wins $3,000 in gold nuggets as first to the checkpoint. He has not yet taken his 24-hour break, nor the mandatory 8-hour rest mushers must complete somewhere along the Yukon River. Look for the leaderboard to shuffle over the next day.



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