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Seven Rookies in Final Stretch of Iditarod XLII

Published On: Mar 15 2014 12:22:34 AM AKDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2014 12:23:12 AM AKDT
Seven Rookies in Final Stretch of Iditarod XLII

And then there were seven -- almost all of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s mushers have reached Nome Friday night, with its final handful of rookies within roughly 100 miles of the Burled Arch.

Five teams reached Nome Friday, bringing the total of arrivals to 43 of the field’s 50 active mushers. Anna Berington was the first arrival at 5:15 a.m., followed by Mike Ellis at 5:55 a.m., Charley Bejna at 9:01 a.m., and Robert Bundtzen at 11:23 a.m. The only afternoon arrival, Newton Marshall, pulled in at 4:05 p.m. after having helped rescue “Mushin’ Mortician” Scott Janssen when he broke his foot between Rohn and Nikolai earlier in the race.

As of 11:45 p.m. Friday, race standings show three Iditarod XLII mushers -- Alex Buetow, Tommy Jordbrudal and Yvonne Dabakk -- were out of Safety and headed for Nome, with Buetow taking the trail at 2:07 p.m. while Jordbrudal and Dabakk left slightly after 11 p.m.

Three more mushers are headed from White Mountain to Safety, with Monique Zappa, Lisbet Norris and Marcelle Fressineau taking the trail over the course of an hour from 9:06 p.m. to 10:05 p.m.

Elliot Anderson is still bringing up the race’s rear, out of Elim at 9 p.m. GPS tracking says he’s making about 2.6 mph on the 46-mile leg to White Mountain.