McGRATH – It hasn’t been an easy ride for anyone in Iditarod 42.


Many of the mushers made it to Takotna Wednesday and are on their 24-hour stop. One of them is Iditarod veteran Aliy Zirkle, who has finished the Last Great Race a dozen times.


After going through the likes of the Farewell Burn though, she says she’s hoping the worst part of the race is behind her.


“I got here a little quicker than I planned,” Zirkle said Wednesday. “Because the trail was a little faster.”