If you’ve been following the race all night, you know it’s been crazy out there!
For those of you just tuning in, here’s my best shot at summarizing reliable reports:
Just short of the Safety checkpoint — in a notorious and aptly named area known as “The Blowhole” — horrific winds kicked up, with gusts up to 65 mph.
Jeff King and his team were blown completely off the trail, got tangled in driftwood and were unable to get going again. After two hours stopped on the trail, Jeff hitched a snow machine ride to Safety and officially scratched. His team is okay and is being ferried to the checkpoint for later transport to Nome.
In the process, Aliy passed Jeff to take the lead going into Safety. She parked her team at the checkpoint and had been resting there for over two hours when Dallas Seavey arrived and continued through.
Twenty minutes later, Aliy was back on the move with ten dogs in pursuit of Dallas and his team of seven. At the moment she is about a mile behind him as they race to Nome.
So, after more than a week of astonishing sled dog racing, we've got a real nail-biter heading to the finish line!
The two teams are about 20 miles from the finish line. Aliy has more dogs on the line, fresh off a rest of more than two hours... Stay tuned!