As the mandatory 24 hour layovers where the differences in starting times are adjusted are taken, it is beginning to be visible who is leading. The top four group (King/Mackey/Neff/Seavey) has just above 1,5 hour between them in total - which is NOTHING in this kind of race. As they race down the Yukon this is going to be nail-biting excitement - and that is not even mentioning that there is a huge pack of hungry racers right behind them!
The rookie that is in the lead so far is Michelle Phillips who is taking her 24-hour in Cripple along with several veterans. They are going to be having some energy as they start along the Yukon, so the lead better watch out! I hope Phillips manages to stay in the top ten - a woman as rookie of the year and with such a lead on the next rookie, and if she manages top ten too, would be great.
Go, go Mushers!
Route and checkpoints
(It is actually more fun this year as I have no clearcut favourite, there being no Scandinavians over there this year. I can cheer for everybody!)