Following Aliy Zirkle's race into Unalakleet earlier this afternoon, only three other mushers have made it to the Norton Sound village.
Onetime race leader, Martin Buser fell behind Zirkle early Saturday morning leaving the Nulato checkpoint. In an attempt to make up for the nearly two hours between himself and Zirkle, Buser covered the distance in 11 hours and 57 minutes, beating Zirkle’s travel time by almost 90 minutes.
Sonny Lindner and Jeff King had also made it in to the checkpoint by late Saturday, with Lindner breaking last year’s best to Unalakleet speed by 27 minutes, clocking 9 hours and 37 minutes on the run.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, no musher had pushed on to Shaktoolik, the next checkpoint in the race.
Several mushers are en route to Unalakleet, including Nick Petit, who was leading the pack from Kaltag. Petit is followed closely by returning champion Mitch Seavey and Buser's fellow Big Lake musher Kelly Maixner.
Mitch’s son Dallas Seavey currently sits in 13th place, preceded by Hugh Neff, Aaron Burmeister, Robert Sorlie, Hans Gatt, and Ray Redington Jr.
From Unalakleet mushers have little more than 260 miles to the finish line in Nome.