After resting her team for a little over 4 hours Aily has picked back up and is now racing towards Ruby at a pace of 8.7 mph. Compared to the others that is an average of 2 mph faster and more than twice as fast as the slowest on that part of the trail.
She won’t make it first to Ruby most likely but could push through as her dogs are rested and the others will have to take a break there for the most part. It is an interesting tactic that seems to pay of this year.
there are now 20 teams en route to the Yukon river and the Ruby Checkpoint. While Aily Zirkle is still resting the Seaveys and John Baker passed her and move towards Ruby at a steady pace of around 7 miles per hour.
The top four are on the way to Ruby and Mitch just passed Aliy who was resting on the trail.
Here is a snip from the GPS Live Tracker
Looking at the GPS Tracker I can see that there are 8 teams moving towards Ruby now while Lanier and Mackey seem to still rest in Cripple. Aliy is still in the lead with Mitch Seavey still around 6 miles behind her. John Baker has slowed down quite a bit and it looks like Dallas Seavey (Mitch’s son) will be passing him soon.
|2||Redington Jr, Ray||0||413|
The teams of Aily Zirkle, Mitch Seavey, John Baker and Dallas Seavey have moved out of Cripple and are on their way to Ruby. A 70 mile run through soft and powdery snow.
Currently Aily is in the lead approximately 5 miles ahead of Mitch who is running at approximately the same speed as Aily.
The run to Cripple has cost many of the teams and lots of dogs have been dropped in Cripple and also before that in Takotna.
I will keep an eye on the tracker and update here as soon as something changes.
Just read the latest news from the halfway checkpoint in Criple. Lots of fresh and dry powdery snow which makes the last 25 miles to the checkpoint tough on all teams. The first teams were expected around 1:30 Alaska time but that estimate will have to be revised. To what? Your guess is as good as mine. Meanwhile the back of the pack who spent the 24 hour rest in McGrath is now closing in on Takotna and Ophir slowly catching up with the leaders. Time to take my mandatory rest for today. Will come back with more info in the morning.
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Jim Lanier just headed out of Ophir towards Criple. Just 4h 53 minutes rest and he is moving down the trail again. Kudos to that.
Keep in mind he still has to take his 24 hour layover.
Silvia Furtwangler (Bib#54) scratched in Nikolai at 21:17 Alaska Time. Furtwangler from Rauland, Norway made the decision to scratch due to concern for her health. Furtwangler had 13 dogs on her team when she made the decision.
Jim Lanier, Trent Herbst, Ray Redington Jr., Martin and Rohn Buser made their way into Ophir last night to get the mandatory 24 hour rest behind them.
I am waiting for the teams in McGrath to get on their way and it is going to be interesting to see if Lance Mackey will be able to make up the time he lost while the others are resting. When he got into McGrath he said in an interview that 2 of his dogs were not running optimal even though they were healthy so he packed them into the sled bag on the way to McGrath in the hope that they would be able to keep running after a long and good rest.
Below are the current Note that Ray is still listed in Takotna in the table as I did not get the run times, in time for the post.
Rest In Chkpt
|1||Martin Buser||41||Ophir||3/7/12 12:19||15||3h 48m|
|2||Rohn Buser||62||Ophir||3/7/12 13:34||15||3h 49m|
|3||Jim Lanier||3||Ophir||3/7/12 18:32||14||3h 25m|
|4||Trent Herbst||16||Ophir||3/7/12 19:25||15||3h 20m|
|5||Aliy Zirkle||14||Takotna||3/6/12 23:30||16||2h 54m|
|6||Mitch Seavey||35||Takotna||3/7/12 0:09||16||2h 41m|
|7||John Baker||11||Takotna||3/7/12 0:09||14||2h 57m|
|8||Jeff King||10||Takotna||3/7/12 0:14||15||2h 44m|
|9||Dallas Seavey||34||Takotna||3/7/12 0:21||15||2h 24m|
|10||Ray Redington Jr||2||Takotna||3/7/12 1:27||16||2h 48m|
|11||Paul Gebhardt||25||Takotna||3/7/12 1:59||13||3h 7m|
|12||Hugh Neff||27||Takotna||3/7/12 2:12||14||3h 24m|
|13||Aaron Burmeister||44||Takotna||3/7/12 2:20||16||3h 2m|
|14||Sonny Lindner||59||Takotna||3/7/12 2:39||15||2h 43m|
|15||Gerry Willomitzer||23||Takotna||3/7/12 2:48||14||2h 43m|
|16||DeeDee Jonrowe||17||Takotna||3/7/12 3:04||16||2h 57m|
|17||Michelle Phillips||26||Takotna||3/7/12 3:11||16||2h 48m|
|18||Peter Kaiser||28||Takotna||3/7/12 3:21||14||2h 40m|
|19||Jake Berkowitz||29||Takotna||3/7/12 3:34||15||2h 41m|
|20||Rick Swenson||60||Takotna||3/7/12 3:55||15||3h 9m|
|21||Cim Smyth||8||Takotna||3/7/12 4:19||13||2h 49m|
|22||Sigrid Ekran||24||Takotna||3/7/12 4:23||14||2h 58m|
|23||Tom Thurston||5||Takotna||3/7/12 4:23||15||2h 50m|
|24||Brent Sass (r)||50||Takotna||3/7/12 4:27||15||3h 2m|
|25||Ramey Smyth||21||Takotna||3/7/12 4:50||13||3h 0m|
|26||“Michael Williams||Jr.”||51||Takotna||3/7/12 4:55||15||2h 49m|
|27||Ken Anderson||39||Takotna||3/7/12 5:20||13||2h 56m|
|28||Josh Cadzow (r)||55||Takotna||3/7/12 5:23||12||2h 55m|
|29||Jodi Bailey||6||Takotna||3/7/12 5:32||15||3h 20m|
|30||Bruce Linton||36||Takotna||3/7/12 6:04||14||2h 48m|
|31||Wade Marrs||7||Takotna||3/7/12 7:01||14||3h 6m|
|32||Anjanette Steer (r)||32||Takotna||3/7/12 7:23||14||2h 47m|
|33||Curt Perano (r)||61||Takotna||3/7/12 12:43||15||3h 20m|
|34||Ryne Olson (r)||46||Takotna||3/7/12 12:48||14||2h 49m|
|35||Mike Santos (r)||22||Takotna||3/7/12 13:22||16||2h 25m|
|36||William Pinkham||4||Takotna||3/7/12 13:40||13||2h 54m|
|37||Ed Stielstra||45||Takotna||3/7/12 14:33||14||2h 53m|
|38||Scott Janssen||37||Takotna||3/7/12 14:46||14||3h 11m|
|39||Lachlan Clarke||66||Takotna||3/7/12 15:24||15||2h 56m|
|40||Karin Hendrickson||43||Takotna||3/7/12 15:50||14||2h 42m|
|41||Anna Berington (r)||33||Takotna||3/7/12 18:06||14||3h 8m|
|42||Kristy Berington||31||Takotna||3/7/12 18:08||16||3h 9m|
|43||Michael Suprenant||13||McGrath||3/7/12 19:30||13||3/7/12 19:34||13||0h 4m||6h 38m|
|44||Lance Mackey||18||McGrath||3/6/12 23:19||16||8h 29m|
|45||Kelley Griffin||20||McGrath||3/7/12 0:36||12||7h 28m|
|46||Nicolas Petit||9||McGrath||3/7/12 2:42||13||7h 15m|
|47||Colleen Robertia||42||McGrath||3/7/12 2:48||14||7h 4m|
|48||Ryan Redington||67||McGrath||3/7/12 3:10||12||7h 38m|
|49||Gerald Sousa||58||McGrath||3/7/12 5:32||14||7h 48m|
|50||Justin Savidis||38||McGrath||3/7/12 6:58||15||7h 35m|
|51||Braxton Peterson (r)||63||McGrath||3/7/12 8:00||15||6h 54m|
|52||Zoya DeNure||53||McGrath||3/7/12 10:50||15||7h 24m|
|53||Pat Moon (r)||15||McGrath||3/7/12 15:31||12||7h 19m|
|54||Matt Giblin||52||McGrath||3/7/12 16:17||16||6h 32m|
|55||Travis Cooper (r)||19||McGrath||3/7/12 16:48||15||6h 29m|
|56||Hank Debruin (r)||48||McGrath||3/7/12 16:52||14||8h 4m|
|57||Karen Ramstead||56||McGrath||3/7/12 17:26||16||8h 13m|
|58||“Art Church||Jr”||64||McGrath||3/7/12 19:03||16||6h 18m|
|59||Jaimee Kinzer (r)||30||Nikolai||3/7/12 10:20||15||3/7/12 18:48||14||8h 28m||18h 32m|
|60||Kirk Barnum||47||Nikolai||3/7/12 11:24||15||3/7/12 19:38||14||8h 14m||16h 20m|
|61||Kelly Maixner||12||Nikolai||3/6/12 19:23||14||18h 31m|
|62||Matt Failor (r)||57||Nikolai||3/7/12 12:25||16||12h 40m|
|63||Jan Steves (r)||40||Nikolai||3/7/12 18:10||14||17h 18m|
|64||Bob Chlupach||49||Nikolai||3/7/12 18:10||15||17h 18m|
|65||Silvia Furtw„ngler (r)||54||Rohn||3/6/12 16:55||14||3/6/12 22:20||13||5h 25m||5h 48m|
|66||Dan Seavey||65||Rohn||3/6/12 18:29||14||3/7/12 7:11||14||12h 42m||4h 15m|
As Aliy Zirkle continues to maintain a good and steady pace into Takotna she is followed by a close packed group of front running teams.
While Aliy goes through the Vet check at her parking spot more teams arrive. Most of them have been running for some time and will require a longer break here in the Takotna checkpoint where the dogs and the mushers can enjoy a hot meal and some well earned rest.
Some of the mushers like Lance Mackey seem to take a long break at McGrath probably counting on the other teams in the lead group to take the mandatory 24 hours, which is used to also offset the 2 minute staggered start difference and can last between 24 and 26+ hours depending on the starting position of the team on Sunday. Those musher resting now for longer will probably drive straight through Takotna and on to Ophir and then Cripple which is this year’s half way point, leaving all others in the dusty snow. At least that is my assumptions.
I am following the race now for 12 years or so, one way or the other but I have not seen many years where the teams have lasted that long into the race. Meaning we have only very few dropped dogs so far, Nobody has scratched yet and the trail seemed to have been super fast so far.
It is getting very exciting now and today and tomorrow will most likely develop the group of possible winners and reduce the number down to 3 or 4 contenders. But until then, everything is wide open to interpretation.