ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 9:15 p.m.
Yukon Quest champion Allen Moore is said to be suffering from an infection racing at the back of the pack.
A Facebook page for SP Kennel posted that Moore was suffering from an infection and a high fever while in Grayling. He has sought medical assistance and is being treated with antibiotics.
The Facebook post that went online at 3:00 p.m. says Moore is going to wait in Grayling for 24 hours before making any moves.
Meanwhile, Joar Ulsom is chasing Nicolas Petit up the Bering Sea coast after leaving from Unalakleet at 8:20 p.m. Ulsom left an hour and a half behind Petit with 13 dogs on the line.
In a worrying sign for his competitors, Nicolas Petit left Unalakleet at 6:55 p.m. with 12 dogs in harness.
The French musher left Mitch Seavey and Joar Ulsom resting at the checkpoint with 11 dogs and 13 dogs respectively. Seavey pulled into Unalakleet just before 6 p.m. while Ulsom arrived around half an hour later.
The Unalakleet checkpoint is known for its cooking that also serves to mask the odor of mushers who have spent a week without showering.
Unalakleet is at mile 737 of the Iditarod trail, meaning Petit has to drive his team another 251 miles to Nome. Standing between him and a maiden victory under the Burled Arch is the weather on the coast which is known to be notoriously harsh and unpredictable.
Joar Ulsom has pulled into Unalakleet behind Nicolas Petit and Mitch Seavey. Ulsom arrived nearly five hours behind Petit and 50 minutes behind Mitch Seavey.
Mitch Seavey has arrived in Unalakleet, clocking in at 5:58 p.m. Sunday with 11 dogs in harness.
Having taken a rest mid-run, Joar Leifseth Ulsom isn't far behind. While the top five mushers have shuffled since checking in at Kaltag, Ulsom has only a short way to go before he signs in in Unalakleet.
Another pack of teams is about 15 miles back from them: Ray Redington, Jr.; Travis Beals; Wade Marrs; Peter Kaiser and Richie Diehl are all about 20 miles out from the checkpoint.
Nicolas Petit arrived in Unalakleet at 1:40 p.m. with 14 dogs in harness.
According to Iditarod's GPS tracker, Joar Ulsom is resting around 20 miles back with 13 dogs on the line. Defending champion Mitch Seavey, who has been neck-and-neck with Ulsom, is chasing the Norwegian musher from around 11 miles back with 11 dogs.
Unalakleet is the first checkpoint on the coast of Norton Sound a stretch of the trail known for its rapidly changing conditions. Many mushers have signaled that weather on the coast could be the deciding factor in Iditarod XLVI.
1 Nicolas Petit 46 In to Unalakleet 3/11 13:40:00
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 33 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:3:13:00
3 Mitch Seavey 13 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:3:15:00
4 Richie Diehl 29 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:29:00
5 Peter Kaiser 30 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:30:00
6 Ray Redington Jr 17 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:30:00
7 Wade Marrs 11 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:47:00
8 Matthew Failor 55 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:54:00
9 Travis Beals 60 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:7:55:00
10 Matt Hall 15 Out of Kaltag 3/11 0:9:30:00