The ten leading teams are all taking their final mandatory 10-hour layovers either in Ruby or Galena. The question now is whether last-minute pushes will be enough to catch up to the team that’s led the race nearly from the beginning.
Less than eight hours out of Nome on the second half of the Iron Dog snowmachine race Thursday, its front-runners are making another stop for a required layover, with teams gathering in Kaltag and Unalakleet.
Morgan and Olds left Nome at 8 a.m. sharp, and at 8:26, Minnick and Olstad followed. Three minutes later, at 8:30 a.m., McKenna and VanMeter followed. The next team to leave will be Team 6, Andy and Brad George, at 9:15.
About three-fourths of the Iron Dog snowmachine race’s 2014 field is on track to leave Nome after a 36-hour layover, opening the second half of the high-speed dash to Fairbanks after covering about 1,000 miles from the race’s Sunday start in Big Lake.