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Iditarod XL Day 7

Iditarod XL MapMitch took back the lead from Aliy, but it is only 2:33 and he has to stop someplace.

Jeff King had a very good run between Ruby and Galena, so he should continue to move up and John Baker’s puppies are happy as well.

Zoya DeNure and her team of ‘Rescues, Runts, and Rejects’ has had to scratch at Cripple. She left with 12 dogs, and then returned to scratch. [She didn’t like the look of the dogs on the trail.]

Aliy likes being at the front, and that’s where she’s been through Nulato and into Kaltag.

John Baker is positioning himself for his challenge on along the coast, which is his training area. His puppies will smell ‘home’ when they reach the coast. Aliy and John have nearly identical times between Nulato and Kaltag.

Update: Mitch picked up $3K for being first to the Yukon at Ruby, but no meal. The sponsor of that prize has dropped it, and Scott Janssen stepped up with the $3,000. [As Scott is a funeral director, I hope they don’t link the prize to his business.]

Update at 10:45PM CST:

Beyond Kaltag
1 Aliy Zirkle (14)
2 John Baker (11)
3 Mitch Seavey (35)
4 Aaron Burmeister (44)
At Kaltag
5 Dallas Seavey (34)
6 Jeff King (10)
Beyond Nulato
7 Jake Berkowitz (29)
8 Peter Kaiser (28)
9 Ray Redington Jr (2)
10 DeeDee Jonrowe (17)
11 Sonny Lindner (59)
12 Ramey Smyth (21)
13 Sigrid Ekran (24)
14 Ken Anderson (39)
15 Gerry Willomitzer (23)
16 Michelle Phillips (26)
17 Michael Williams Jr (51)

At Nulato
18 Paul Gebhardt (25)
19 Rick Swenson (60)
20 Brent Sass (50)Q
21 Josh Cadzow (55)Q
22 Hugh Neff (27)
23 Rohn Buser (62)
24 Martin Buser (41)
25 Lance Mackey (18)
26 Anjanette Steer (32)R
Beyond Galena
27 Braxton Peterson (63)R
28 Kelley Griffin (20)
29 Bruce Linton (36)
30 Tom Thurston (5)
31 Jodi Bailey (6)
32 Colleen Robertia (42)
33 Nicolas Petit (9)
At Galena
34 Cim Smyth (8)
35 Mike Santos (22)R
36 Gerald Sousa (58)
37 Jim Lanier (3)
38 Ryne Olson (46)R
39 Ed Stielstra (45)
40 Scott Janssen (37)
41 Justin Savidis (38)
42 Curt Perano (61)R
43 Kelly Maixner (12)
Beyond Ruby
44 Lachlan Clarke (66)
45 Karin Hendrickson (43)
46 Trent Herbst (16)
47 Matt Giblin (52)
At Ruby
48 Anna Berington (33)R
49 Kristy Berington (31)
50 William Pinkham (4)
51 Karen Ramstead (56)
52 Hank Debruin (48)Q
53 Art Church Jr (64)
54 Travis Cooper(19)R
Beyond Cripple
55 Pat Moon (15)R
56 Michael Suprenant (13)
57 Jaimee Kinzer (30)R
58 Kirk Barnum (47)
59 Matt Failor (57)R
At Cripple
60 Dan Seavey (65)
61 Jan Steves (40)R
62 Bob Chlupach (49)

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Iditarod, while italics indicates Yukon Quest winners. The numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers. The small “R” indicates a total rookie, while the small “Q” indicates an Iditarod rookie who has completed a Yukon Quest.

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

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