Last night Martin Buser had a 5 hour advantage over second place musher Aliy Zirkle in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Early this morning I've noticed a significant change, perhaps a VERY significant change. Martin pulled into the tent camp checkpoint of Eagle Island at 9:55 last night, and Aliy checked in at 1:42 this morning. This means that Aliy has gained slightly more than an hour on the leader, in a single run. Buser checked out at 2:41 this morning and, according to the GPS tracking system, Aliy is still resting at the checkpoint.
Meanwhile, Mitch Seavey has also enjoyed a smoking fast run up the river, arriving at Eagle River in Third Place at 2:11. That puts him well withing striking range of the leaders as the race continues up to Kaltag today.
Also in Eagle Rivers as I write we have Joar Ulsum (most likely soon to be Rookie of the Year), Jeff King, Jessie Royer, Nicolas Petit, Jake Berkowitz and Aaron Burmeister.
In the Two Rivers 200, Matt Hall is clearly in the lead, arriving at the Pleasant Valley Store checkpoint at 10:00 last night. He was chased out of the Two Rivers Lodge checkpoint by Mitch Seavey, Christian Turner, Greg Stoddard and Amanda Gecas. Live GPS tracking shows the front runners in that race are resting at the Store.
It's time for me to slug down some more coffee and prepare for the workday. I'm sure I'll have plenty more to share this evening.