Although the clock reads 1:00 AM, my brain is still on Alaska Standard Time, so I'm going to pretend it's midnight for a bit. As I write John Baker has come off the sea ice to pull into the Koyuk checkpoint at 11:35 pm. According to the IoEarth Race Tracker, Hans Gatt has just arrived in Koyuk, so he has gained some ground on the leader. Ramey Smith is within a mile of the checkpoint, Sebastian Schnuelle is less than 4 miles out and Hugh Neff is only a couple of miles behind Sab. The next closest musher is Dallas Seavey, some 20 miles back down the trail.
I am expecting all of the front-runners to grab some rest, especially those chasing as they blew through Shaktoolik with barely a nod and a wave. We'll know within a few hours whether or not that is an accurate prediction. My crystal ball hasn't been working particularly well during the race, so.... take it with a grain or 40 of salt.