Our friend Paul is also in Takotna. He arrived around 11:30pm on 3/05 reported in 17th place and with 14 dogs in harness. As there is no indication he has left the checkpoint, I'm pretty sure he is taking his 24hr there as well. There are still 64 mushers in the race with the top 3 having already pulled out of the next checkpoint of Ophir (race mile 352). If you're watching the leaderboard, expect to see a fair amount of flip-flopping of positions in the next day or two as mushers take their 24hr in different locations. Only 4 mushers are confirmed as having completed their 24hr as of this writing, so they'll be covering ground on the trail while everyone else is resting up. It's still pretty early in the race, so anything can happen!
A few other interesting stats for you number-crunchers out there:
- There were 66 entrants to this year's race. 16 of those are women. 13 of those are rookies.
- 7 countries are represented in this year's race; 7 different states from the USA; and 2 provinces from Canada.
- Lance Mackey was last reported in 1st place at race mile 352. He has spent 1 day, 20 hours, and 10 minutes running and 1 day, 7 hours resting. Thus he has spent over 13 more hours running than resting. His average speed is 5mph and his moving average speed is 8.5mph. He has 13 dogs in harness.
- Kristy is 34th place at race mile 307. She has spent 1 day, 16 hours, 30 minutes running and 1 day, 10 hours, 40 minutes resting. Her run / rest spread is only 5 hours, 40 minutes. Her average speed is 4.1mph and her moving average speed is 7.6mph. She has 14 dogs in harness.
- Anna's stats aren't materially different: she's in 35th place at race mile 307. She has spent 1 day, 14 hours, 40 minutes running vs 1 day, 12 hours resting. Her run / rest spread is 2 hours, 40 minutes. Her average speed is 4.1mph and her moving average speed is 7.7mph. She also has 14 dogs in harness.
I will try to come back soon with more picture and media updates while the twins are resting up in Takotna!