IDITAROD: Top 15 mushers look to jockey positions

NOME, Alaska (KTUU) - As the Iditarod leaders make their way toward Nome, the race is far from over as 58 mushers could finish in a place other than first.

Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, has four Top-10 finishes in his eight Iditarods.

Channel 2 caught up with Kaiser in Elim, where he stopped for just over two hours before hitting the trail with eight dogs. Currently in 5th position as of 6:15 p.m., he told Channel 2 he’s hoping to shake up the order a little bit.

“Well I know they could do top 5 but we haven’t finished yet and have a lot of hungry teams on our tail. Richie (Diehl) is close by here and Ray (Redington) is not too far in front so we might change our order a little bit before we finish, but we’ll find out.”

Not far behind on the trail, are two contenders for Rookie of the Year, Jessie Holmes and Matt Hall. Holmes is currently running in 10th place, with Hall, the 2017 Yukon Quest Champion, two places behind them.
While Holmes is currently the leading rookie on the trail, he knows that this is the Iditarod, and that nothing’s a sure deal until you reach the burled arch in Nome.

“I won’t lie, I’d love to win Rookie of the Year. I just think it’s an honor because I just think there’s good competition for it, you know,” Holmes said. “I wouldn’t want to get it, to just come here and think I was like gonna get it easy. I think Matt (Hall) is a great dog musher, and I have a lot of respect for him, so it ain’t over yet.”

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