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Iditarod XLII Down to a Dozen Mushers

Published On: Mar 14 2014 12:12:17 AM AKDT   Updated On: Mar 14 2014 12:12:50 AM AKDT
Iditarod XLII Down to a Dozen Mushers

Just a dozen Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers are still en route to Nome overnight Thursday, with its rearmost team less than 150 miles from the Burled Arch.

According to Iditarod XLII race standings as of 11:45 p.m. Thursday, 38 mushers are in to Nome, including 13 who showed up Thursday. Kristy Berington, the day’s third musher, took 30th place -- the last money slot for the Iditarod’s prize pool -- at 10:20 a.m.

While nearly 12 hours separated the first and last of the day’s arrivals, Rick Castillo at 7:53 a.m. and Christian Turner at 7:52 p.m., there were still a few midday photo finishes in store. Dan Kaduce’s 11:41 a.m. arrival in 31st place was just two minutes ahead of Katherine Keith at 11:43 a.m., while Danny Seavey’s 1:17 p.m. finish in 35th edged out Karin Hendrickson’s 1:23 p.m. time.

Among mushers still on the trail, the foremost three -- Anna Berington, Mike Ellis and Charley Bejna -- all left White Mountain shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Three mushers each are in White Mountain and Elim, with two -- rookies Marcelle Fressineau and Monica Zappa -- out of Elim bound for White Mountain at about 7:30 p.m.

Rookie Elliot Anderson is bringing up the rear, out of Koyuk at 7:08 p.m. Thursday With GPS tracking indicating his team at Mile 829 moving at a speed at about 5 mph, it could take him about a day and a half on the trail to reach Nome. That’s still enough to make it in time for a possible Red Lantern, given to each year’s final musher, at the 2014 Finishers Banquet set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Nome.