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Iditarod 2018 – Day 6

Iditarod 2018 MapSled DogNicolas Petit is definitely the real leader of the race, but there is a long way to go. Having an hour lead on Mitch Seavey is not anything to make you comfortable.Joar is back on the trail with all 16 puppies rested and ready to race.

Nicholas won first to the Yukon which is a 5 course meal and $3500 in one dollar bills.

Scott White became the third team to scratch. He decided to scratch at Takotna and will run his team back to McGrath to be picked up. He was down to 10 puppies and the trail in front is isolated from civilization.

Standings at 9:30PM CST:

Beyond Grayling
1 Nicolas Petit (46)
At Grayling
2 Mitch Seavey (13)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (33)
Beyond Shageluk
4 Richie Diehl (29)
5 Peter Kaiser (30)
6 Ray Redington Jr (17)
7 Wade Marrs (11)
8 Jessie Royer (36)
9 Linwood Fiedler (8)
10 Aaron Burmeister (64)

11 Aliy Zirkle (31)
12 Lars Monsen (61)
13 Travis Beals (60)
14 Hugh Neff (68)
At Shageluk
15 Matthew Failor (55)
16 Matt Hall (15)Q
17 Ramey Smyth (21)
18 Ketil Reitan (54)
19 Robert Redington (34)
20 Kelly Maixner (52)
21 Martin Buser (28)
22 Michi Konno (63)R
23 Mats Pettersson (3)
24 Ryan Redington (7)
25 Michelle Phillips (18)
Beyond Iditarod
26 Rick Casillo (9)
27 Cody Strathe (2)
28 Jessie Holmes (41)R
29 Katherine Keith (51)
30 Tom Knolmayer (43)
31 Anna Berington (4)
32 Michael Williams Jr. (27)
33 Charley Bejna (38)
34 Jeff King (40)
At Iditarod
35 Larry Daugherty (14)
36 Kristy Berington (20)
37 Andy Pohl (12)R
38 Noah Pereira (49)
39 Aaron Peck (50)
40 Jim Lanier (32)
41 Scott Janssen (23)
42 Bradley Farquhar (65)R
43 Emily Maxwell (58)R
44 Monica Zappa (48)
45 Jeff Deeter (45)
Beyond Ophir
46 Allen Moore (26)
47 Brett Bruggeman (37)R
48 Alan Eischens (53)
49 Andrew Nolan (56)R
50 Shaynee Traska (5)R
51 Lev Shvarts (22)
52 Dave Delcourt (57)
53 Meredith Mapes (16)R
54 Peter Fleck (67)R
55 Rob Cooke (10)
56 Magnus Kaltenborn (6)
57 Jason Stewart (66)R
58 Anja Radano (24)R
59 Misha Wiljes (19)
60 Tim Muto (42)R
61 Marcelle Fressineau (35)
At Ophir
62 Tara Cicatello (44)R
63 Steve Watkins (59)
Beyond Takotna
64 Tom Schonberger (25)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 { 03.09.18 at 9:47 pm }

I am SO behind on keeping up with the race this year. I usually try to carve out some time in this month to keep up with it all, but this has been a bear of a couple of weeks again. Harry’s agitation levels are out of sight right now. His latest trick is to try to climb out of upstairs windows since he no longer realizes he’s two stories off the ground. Jeez, what a world.

Anyway, good for Joar. A fine meal and $3500 is dandy, plus he’s had his 24 hour rest so he should be pretty pleased with himself.

You were right (as usual 🙂 ) about Nicholas, they are now showing him as the lead.

I noticed there are fewer scratches so far this year. Too bad for Scott White, I don’t think he’s raced for several years and came back this year. Has to be disappointing for him. But, good news, Jessie is in the top 10 so far! She finished 5th last year, so she might be one of the top leaders again this year.

2 Bryan { 03.09.18 at 10:47 pm }

I think that the fewer scratches is the result of having snow on the ground which has resulted in fewer injuries to mushers and their teams. The weather has stayed in the mid to hig 20s, so the frost related injuries hasn’t happened.

Aliy is sitting at 11th place so they both may be in the top 10 again. Linwood Fielder is having a good good. He has stayed in or near the top 10 most of the race.

Being a caregiver is never easy and the pay really sucks. If it wasn’t for love most people would never consider it.