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Iditarod 2017 – Day 4

Iditarod 2017 MapSled DogMark May (68) decided to scratch at Tanana dropping the field to 70 while the temperatures on the trail might make it into single digits. Rookie Roger Lee is the last team at Tanana and should be leaving at any time.

Nicholas Petit was First to the Yukon by being the first team to reach Tanana on the Yukon River. He picked up $3500 in cash and a 5-course meal with wines.

Linwood Fiedler’s puppies showed up at Ruby an hour before he did. He fell asleep and then fell off the sled. The dogs could see the trail and figured the ‘help’ would show up sooner or later.

Standings at 8:00PM CST:

Beyond Galena
1 Mitch Seavey (16)
2 Jessie Royer (37)
3 Michelle Phillips (9)
4 Ralph Johannessen (39)
5 John Baker (65)
6 Nicolas Petit (24)
At Galena
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (38)
8 Peter Kaiser (25)
9 Ray Redington Jr (14)
10 Jason Mackey (64)
11 Jeff King (34)
12 Hugh Neff (50)
13 Aliy Zirkle (41)
14 Robert Redington (70)R
15 Ketil Reitan (11)
16 Cody Strathe (5)
17 Sebastien Vergnaud (13)R
18 Hans Gatt (32)
19 Mats Pettersson (33)
20 Scott Smith (69)
21 Ryan Redington (2)
22 Noah Burmeister (63)
23 Paul Gebhardt (57)
Beyond Ruby
24 Katherine Keith (52)
25 Lars Monsen (45)
26 Jodi Bailey (28)
27 Linwood Fiedler (6)

At Ruby
28 Wade Marrs (29)
29 Dallas Seavey (18)
30 Richie Diehl (21)
31 Martin Buser (15)
32 Ken Anderson (59)
33 Rick Casillo (27)
34 Nathan Schroeder (62)
35 Ramey Smyth (44)
36 Melissa Stewart (56)
37 Dave Branholm (60)
38 Anna Berington (66)
39 Kristy Berington (73)
40 Allen Moore (36)
41 Nicolas Vanier (26)R
42 Laura Neese (7)Q
43 Karin Hendrickson (20)
44 Charley Bejna (46)
45 Seth Barnes (51)
46 DeeDee Jonrowe (22)
47 Thomas Rosenbloom (40)R
48 Justin High (48)R
49 Monica Zappa (58)
50 Paul Hansen (47)R
51 Ryan Anderson (8)R
52 Gunnar Johnson (19)
53 Joe Carson (12)R
Beyond Tanana
54 Geir Idar Hjelvik (54)
55 Trent Herbst (67)
56 Mark Selland (23)
57 Zoya DeNure (42)
58 Misha Wiljes (4)R
59 Kristin Bacon (17)
60 Alan Eischens (35)
61 Larry Daugherty (71)
62 Justin Stielstra (49)R
63 Matthew Failor (55)
64 Dave Delcourt (72)R
65 Michael Baker (61)R
66 Peter Reuter (53)R
67 Jimmy Lebling (43)R
68 Cindy Abbott (31)
69 Ellen Halverson (30)
70 Roger Lee (10)R

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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1 JuanitaM { 03.10.17 at 12:50 pm }

Oh man, I hadn’t heard about Fiedler’s falling asleep. I actually am surprised this doesn’t happen more often. The dogs fairly well know where the trail is located if it isn’t blizzard conditions, well…most likely. Do you know if he had to walk all the way in or is it allowed for the musher to hitch a ride?

Guess we won’t really have a good idea of how the field is doing until everyone gets their 24 hour rest. Martin Buser seems to be the only one that has had both the 8 and 24 hour layover. That seems a little early in the event to me. I’ll bet he’s going to need some rest further down the road. I see sleeping on the sled coming up again. Ha! It just seems to me that it could be hard on the dogs to have to keep pushing while you get to sleep.

2 Bryan { 03.10.17 at 5:05 pm }

You don’t get to lie down, you fall asleep standing on the runners. If there is a good trail the puppies will follow it, but if the snow is light they will go wherever they want. There are no rides, that would be outside assistance, and his team didn’t officially arrive until he got there.

Martin runs on his own schedule, and will be blowing by Mitch, but Dallas has completed his 24, so the race really is on.

Aliy had to take her 24 early because her puppies have a bug. She’s hoping the stop will given them time to recover.