Ben Matheson, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Ryan Redington’s closest competitors are Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl
Ryan Redington arrived in Unalakleet early Sunday after a monster run from Kaltag to the coast, putting more distance between him and his rivals.
Eddie Burke Jr. and Hunter Keefe will need to face the windy Bering Sea coast before final placings get within reach.
With defending champ Brent Sass out, the top of the Iditarod field is scrambled, leaving four main teams at the top.
Sass said he had been sick the entire race with a bad cold and also had three cracked teeth.
Jason Mackey says he knows that the Iditarod trail was home for his brother.
Cold overnight temperatures froze the softened trail into a bobsled track.
Iditarod contenders are recalibrating their race strategies as the trail pushes through its most remote stretches.
As the race transitions from big mountains and technical terrain into the heart of Alaska’s Interior, mushers are watching their teams come into race form.
More than one in four competitors in this year’s Iditarod are rookie mushers.