First Iron Dog racers arrive in Nome

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NOME, Alaska (KTUU) - Team #16, including Nick Olstad and Todd Minnick, from Wasilla, reached Nome at 3:27:25 p.m., on Tuesday, according to the Iron Dog 2017 GPS Tracking unit tool.

Nome marks the halfway point of the Iron Dog 2017. And upon arrival, racers must oblige with the halfway procedures.

According to Iron Dog Race Rules, Pro Race Class participants must take a mandatory layover, which is estimated to last between 24 to 40 hours.

Once in Nome, the snowmobiles will be moved to a heated impound area. Inside the garage, the teams will each have 15 minutes of wrench time to inspect their snowmobiles off-the-clock. If additional time is needed, then on-the-clock "time will accrue to completion," according to the rules.

The rule-books says that all Pro Race Class participants have until Wednesday, at 11:59 p.m., to arrive in Nome. If racers cannot reach the halfway point by this time, then those teams finish in Nome as Recreation Class participants.

On Thursday, at 8:00 a.m., the Nome restart will take place.

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