Nicolas Petit and Mitch Seavey have also reached Nome as of this writing, the 2nd and 3rd mushers to pull under the burled arch this year. Nic arrived 2 hours and 15 minutes after Joar, securing his best Iditarod career finish by way of rank. But it must also be a little bitter sweet... I know if I was Nic, I wouldn't be able to help but think of the detour earlier in the race on the sea ice and what might have been without that. Nic was running 10 dogs when he finished. Mitch arrived in Nome about 3 hours after Nic and had 9 dogs in harness.
With 3 mushers into Nome and our scratch tally still at 8, we have 56 teams working their way to Nome.
Anna pulled into Elim, race mile 875, at 7:50am today which means it's time for the Mad Blogger to try and predict when she will reach Nome. Factoring in her recent run speeds and rest times, the amount of time I think she was planning to rest in Elim, the mandatory 8hr she'll have to take in White Mountain, and the times she put up last year on this section of trail... [Drumroll please!] I put Anna into Nome Thursday, March 15th, between 11 and 11:30am Alaska time. I'll do my best to fine tune that estimate after I see her rest time in Elim, whether she drops any dogs or not, and her run time into White Mountain.
About 30 minutes after Joar reached the finish line in Nome, Kristy and Andy pulled their snow hooks and mushed out of Shaktoolik, race mile 777, with 221 miles left to go. They were reported in 37th and 38th place and did not drop any dogs, with Kristy running 12 and Andy running 11. I'm going to focus on the rest of Anna's race to Nome, and then I'll come back and attempt the same finishing prediction for The Honeymooners.
The weather is cooler, the snow has given teams a reprieve. These should be just the sort of conditions the Seeing Double dogs were primarily training on, which should make for reasonably smooth mushing into the finish. Stay tuned!