Iditarod XLI: March 10, 2013: Mitch Seavey Leads into Unalakleet

Mitch Seavey edged Aaron Burmeister into Unalakleet this morning at 10:13am (AKST) after a long, nonstop 12-1/2 run from Kaltag that saw both mushers jockeying for position after overtaking frontrunner Aliy Zirkle last night.

Zirkle, who made frequent rest stops along the trail from Kaltag, was stopped about 15 miles outside of the checkpoint when Aaron Burmeister made his move, taking the lead. Close behind him were Mitch Seavey, Jake Berkowitz, Martin Buser, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, and Dallas Seavey. Mitch Seavey eventually passed Burmeister at about 8am. Both mushers were neck-and-neck coming into Unalakleet.

Buser, once considered the hands-on favorite, has faded and is currently resting on the trail about halfway between Kaltag and Unalakleet. He is in 11th place.

Zirkle is currently in fifth about 20 miles from Unalakleet. It will be interesting to see if she decides to stop and rest in Unalakleet or does what she’s been doing all along, resting between checkpoints then passing through and leapfrogging into the lead. She has had 5-hours rest on the trail between Kaltag and Unalakleet. Seavey and Burmeister didn’t rest at all on the long 85-mile run, so they’ll likely have a long rest in Unalakleet.

The big surprise of the night was Jeff King, who reached Kaltag at 8pm last night and, after a nearly 5-hour rest, headed out for Unalakleet. He passed Aliy Zirkle around 8:20am this morning and is now in fourth place. This after leaving Iditarod 12-hours behind the leader!

So here’s how the top ten looks this morning:

Mitch Seavey

Aaron Burmeister

Jake Berkowitz

Jeff King

Aliy Zirkle

Ray Redington Jr.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Dallas Seavey

DeeDee Jonrowe

John Baker

About these ads
Categories: 2013 Iditarod Coverage | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: