Ok, so the pun in my title is a little bad, but I couldn’t resist. 🙂 But word from the Iditarod is that Lance Mackey has taken a commanding lead and has now departed White Mountain for Nome with a two and a half hour lead on his next closest competitor, Paul Gebhardt.
The run to Nome will largely be ceremonial for the three time Yukon Quest champ who is about to win his first Iditarod. Mackey has been one of the finest distance mushers for some time now, but bad luck and poor strategy have sometimes cost him in The Last Great Race. At last it looks like he has conqured the Iditarod, and will join his father and brother as champion.
Rounding out the current top five are Martin Buser in third place, followed by Zack Steer and Jeff King in fourth and fifth respectively. The race has gone by very quickly this year, and the leaders have set a blistering pace. For a complete list of standings check out the leaderboard.