Iditarod Day 1: Lead mushers pass through Rohn

Ryan Redington checks into Rainy Pass checkpoint on Monday.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 8:45 p.m. Update:

The five lead mushers on the Iditarod trail have passed through Rohn, with Ryan Redington being the first to leave, at 7:08 p.m. Monday.

Defending champion Mitch Seavey wasn't far behind him, at 7:27. Ray Redington, Jr., who led the race into Rainy Pass earlier in the day, was third out of Rohn at 7:36.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom pulled out of Rohn at 7:42 p.m., and Jessie Royer rounded out the first five, departing at 8:20 p.m.

Wade Marrs, Nicolas Petit, Linwood Fiedler and Peter Kaiser were still in the checkpoint as of 8:45 p.m. Monday.

As of 8:10 p.m. Monday, the standings in the race are:
1 Ryan Redington 7 3/5 19:08:00 (Out of Rohn)
2 Mitch Seavey 13 3/5 19:27:00
3 Ray Redington Jr 17 3/5 19:36:00
4 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 33 3/5 19:42:00
5 Jessie Royer 36 3/5 20:14:00
6 Wade Marrs 11 3/5 18:45:00 (In to Rohn)
7 Nicolas Petit 46 3/5 19:04:00
8 Linwood Fiedler 8 3/5 20:13:00
9 Aliy Zirkle 31 3/5 20:15:00
10 Peter Kaiser 30 3/5 20:16:00

12:00 p.m. Update:

Ray Redington maintained his lead over the rest of the mushers with his check in to Rainy Pass, but that lead has narrowed. Former race champion Mitch Seavey was hot on his heels, checking in just three minutes behind Redington.

In addition to Redington and Seavey, the first five mushers have pulled into the Rainy Pass checkpoint. Their times are as follows:

1 Ray Redington Jr 17 3/5 10:16:00
2 Mitch Seavey 13 3/5 10:19:00
3 Nicolas Petit 46 3/5 10:55:00
4 Linwood Fiedler 8 3/5 11:32:00
5 Ryan Redington 7 3/5 11:51:00

9:30 a.m. Update:

The first 10 mushers have made their way into the Finger Lake checkpoint on Monday. Redington checked out of Finger Lake ahead of Fiedler, despite checking in to the check point after him. Their recorded times are listed below via the official Iditarod website:

1 Ray Redington Jr Bib 17 3/5 06:37:00 (Out of Finger Lake)
2 Linwood Fiedler Bib 8 3/5 03:43:00
3 Nicolas Petit Bib 46 3/5 03:56:00
4 Ryan Redington Bib 7 3/5 05:37:00
5 Richie Diehl Bib 29 3/5 05:44:00
6 Joar Ulsom Bib 33 3/5 06:07:00
7 Mats Pettersson Bib 3 3/5 06:20:00
8 Robert Redington Bib 34 3/5 06:22:00
9 Anna Berington Bib 4 3/5 06:25:00
10 Michelle Phillips Bib 18 3/5 06:31:00

Original Story:

The first mushers have made it into the Finger Lake checkpoint early Monday morning, with several others hot on their heels.

According to the Iditarod's official GPS trail tracker, which pinpoints the locations of all mushers on the trail, Linwood Fiedler, racing with bib number 8 was first into the checkpoint. The site listed his time at 3:43 a.m. Monday morning.

Behind him was musher Nicolas Petit, bib number 46, pulling in just minutes later at 3:56 a.m.

Several other mushers, including Ryan Redington, Richie Diehl, and Wade Marrs were minutes out from the checkpoint as well.

According to the GPS tracker, several mushers were still in the Skwentna checkpoint, with the majority of racers somewhere between there and the next checkpoint at Finger Lake.



 
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