Minnick and Olstad regain lead at Iron Dog halfway point

Iron Dog Team 16 sled

NOME, Alaska (KTUU) Over a thousand miles into the 2017 Iron Dog and it's neck-and-neck in Nome.

With Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad checking in first to the halfway point.

“It was so cold I honestly didn’t care about the trail I was just thinking about how soon I could get there,” said Todd Minnick as he arrived in Nome.

The 2016 champions, Tyler Akelstad and Tyson Johnson, are currently in 2nd place.

“I think our big strategy was to be here clean and our sleds are that way,” said Akelstad.

The Iron Dog’s website show 14 teams scratching from the race. Many considering the first half of the race the most technical part of the trail.

Teams will take Wednesday off, spending much of the day working on their sleds, before heading towards the finish line in Fairbanks.

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