Aliy and the team have left Elim at 10.25pm after one hour, 43 minutes of rest! She is still running with 10 dogs. Mitch Seavey is a mere two miles ahead of her and at the time of writing no-one else has checked out of Elim.
They are now on their way to White Mountain via the village of Golovin. This is a difficult section of trail as they climb the notorious Little McKinley and traverse several passes ranging 800 to 1000+ feet. Aliy will be ski-poling and running in the race of her life!
Once they climb through these hills they will drop down on Golovin Bay. Coming into Golovin can be both mentally and physically challenging for both the mushers and dogs alike, as this is not an official checkpoint of the Iditarod but a village of welcoming fans and onlookers. All mushers' goal will be to pass through without stopping although you may see Aliy pause here for autographs as she is known, as well as Lance Mackey, to do this.
After leaving the village of Golovin they briefly leave the Bering Sea Coast to travel upriver on the Fish River to the village of White Mountain. Fans: cross your fingers, say your prayers or do whatever it is that you do as this is one of the last runs of the race.
Once they reach White Mountain all teams have a mandatory (and much deserved) eight hour rest.