They are holding their starting positions within a reasonable margin, and we should see teams spread out a bit the further we get into the race. The twin's run times between the 60ish miles separating Manley and Tanana differed somewhat. Kristy only spent 23 minutes in Manley and must have camped along the trail, giving her a run time of 11 hours 15 mins. Anna, on the other hand, spent 3 and a 1/2 hours in Manley but then only a little over 7 hours on the trail, moving 3 mph faster and moving up a few ranks in the standings.
By 11:30pm Tuesday night, the leaders were pulling out of Tanana. The leader board as of this writing is a list of who's-who in the Iditarod world, with Aliy Zirkle in 1st and Aaron Burmeister not far behind. But it's early in the race, so I never get overly excited about positioning unless something dramatic happens. Other friends of the twins we're keeping an eye on include Charley Bejna (into Tanana in 29th) and Scott Janssen (into Tanana in 26th).
One very surprising development was Quest champion Brent Sass being disqualified from this year's Iditarod for using a device that is capable of two way communication, a pretty clear no-no by current race rules. This leaves 77 teams on the trail.
Here are a few shots from earlier in the race and what it's been like out on the trail so far.