Team 8 first to leave Nome in 2017 Iron Dog

NOME, Alaska (KTUU) Halfway is in the rear view for Iron Dog racers as teams took off from Nome Thursday morning.

Team 8 leaving Nome

First team off the starting line Thursday was Tyson Johnson and Tyler Akelstad, sneaking into first after quick wrench times on Wednesday.

Following close behind was both team 16 and team 41. As these top three teams seem to stay consist at the top of the leader board for the first part of the race.

After leaving Nome teams take a 10 hour layover in Kaltag.

The race is expected to finish Saturday in Fairbanks.

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