Mitch Seavey has reached the Safety checkpoint first in Iditarod XLI, but he is only three miles ahead of Aliy Zirkle. Safety is the last checkpoint before the Nome finish 22-miles away.
Seavey left White Mountain at 1:11pm (AKST) with Zirkle following 13 minutes later. The two have been neck-and-neck all the way to Safety, with Zirkle staying within three miles of Seavey the entire way.
From here, it will be a 22-miles sprint to the Burled Arch in Nome. So far, Seavey has been consistent in his speeds and has managed to remain one step ahead of Zirkle.
Jeff King is currently in third place 10 miles outside of Safety with Dallas Seavey and Ray Redington Jr. jockeying for fourth and fifth positions five miles back. Nicolas Petit, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Jake Berkowitz, and Aaron Burmeister are all within five miles of each other about 15 miles past White Mountain.
It all comes down to this. We’ll likely see a very close finish. The winner should reach Nome around 11pm (AKST). Stay tuned.