March 18 - 6:45 p.m.

Iditarod announces 2019 purse spread

The Iditarod has announced the distribution figures for its $500,000 purse from the 2019 race now that the final musher has passed beneath the burled arch Monday at 1:51 p.m.

The Iditarod has traditionally paid its top 20 finishers purse money, with the top 30 finishers in the money from 2000 through 2017.

Here’s the full list of the Iditarod’s top 20 mushers, as well as what they’ll receive for their places:

1st place (Peter Kaiser): $51,299
2nd place (Joar Leifseth Ulsom): $43,143
3rd place (Jessie Royer): $39,793
4th place (Aliy Zirkle) $35,843
5th place (Travis Beals): $32,943
6th place (Matt Hall): $28,093
7th place (Paige Drobny): $26,493
8th place (Ramey Smyth): $24,946
9th place (Mitch Seavey): $23,443
10th place (Aaron Burmeister): $21,993
11th place (Richie Diehl): $20,593
12th place (Linwood Fiedler): $19,293
13th place (Jeff King): $17,993
14th place (Wade Marrs): $16,793
15th place (Jeff Deeter): $15,593
16th place (Kristy Berington): $14,443
17th place (Anna Berington): $13,343
18th place (Matthew Failor): $12,343
19th place (Seth Barnes): $11,343
20th place (Mats Pettersson): $10,343

Racers from 21st through 39th place will receive $1,049 for finishing the race.

For a final list of standings, click here.

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March 18 - 2:18 p.m.

Victoria Hardwick reaches Nome

Victoria Hardwick, the 33-year-old rookie musher from Bethel, was the last to make it to Nome at 1:51 p.m. Monday, winning the Red Lantern Award for the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Hardwick arrived at the burled arch with nine dogs in harness. She finished the race in 14 days, 22 hours and 51 minutes. Iditarod.com standings show her average speed was 2.75 miles per hour.

FULL STORY: Victoria Hardwick crosses Iditarod finish line, wins Red Lantern Award 

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March 18 - 11:15 a.m.

Victoria Hardwick reaches Safety

The last musher racing in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has reached the last checkpoint before Nome. Rookie Victoria Hardwick is just 22 miles from the finish line, where she is expected to win the Red Lantern award in this year's race. The award is given to the final musher to finish the race.

Hardwick arrived in Safety with nine dogs in harness at 10:53 a.m. Monday and left 15 minutes later at 11:08, according to standings on Iditarod.com.

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March 18 - 9:37 a.m.

Iditarod musher Cindy Gallea scratches in Safety

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Veteran Iditarod musher Cindy Gallea, bib No. 53, of Minnesota, scratched at 12:00 a.m. Monday at the Safety checkpoint.

According to a release from the Iditarod, Gallea scratched out of the best interest of her race team, which she says is her first priority.

She had seven dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.

Gallea has run the Last Great Race 14 times. This year is said to be her last.

RELATED: 4 mushers say 2019 is their last Iditarod. Their final act remains to be seen. 

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March 17 - 8:40 p.m.

Awards presented at 2019 Iditarod banquet in Nome

Special awards were given to mushers Sunday evening in Nome. While some had already been announced, some were new and others had changed.

The Iditarod Rookie of the Year award was presented to Ed Hopkins. It was originally thought to be going to musher Richie Beattie, who has since been withdrawn from the race after his sled dog Oshi passed away. The winner receives a commemorative trophy and a $2,000 check. Hopkins, who accepted the award Sunday said he would be giving the prize money to Beattie, which earned a standing ovation from mushers in attendance.

RELATED: Sled dog from Richie Beattie's team dies after finishing Iditarod 

RELATED: Richie Beattie earns Rookie of the Year as fastest first-timer to Nome 

Morrow, Peter Kaiser’s 7-year-old lead dog who has led Kaiser’s team into Nome three years in a row, won the Golden Harness Award for the most outstanding lead dog. The winner is chosen by mushers and Morrow received an embroidered gold-colored harness.

The Red Lantern Award has yet to be presented. The award goes to the final finished of the race. As of 8:30 p.m. there were still three mushers headed to Nome. 

Other awards presented included:

Alaska Air Transit Spirit of Alaska Award - Nicolas Petit
A new award for 2019 and was given to the first musher to reach the McGrath checkpoint. 
· Beaver mitts made by Loretta Maillelle of McGrath
· Musher hat made by Rosalie Egrass of McGrath

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award - Peter Kaiser
This award goes to the first musher to reach the Kaltag checkpoint.
· A $2,000 check
· A certificate for 25 pounds of fresh-caught, Bristol Bay salmon filets
· Wood-burned art piece by Apayo Moore

Ryan Air Gold Coast Award - Nicolas Petit
A new award for 2019 and was given to the first musher to reach the Unalakleet checkpoint. 
· $1,500 in gold nuggets
· Carved ivory dog sled team made by Leonard Savage of Holy Cross

Northrim Bank Achieve More Award - Peter Kaiser
This award goes to the first musher to reach the White Mountain checkpoint. 
· A check for $2,500
· A one-of-a-kind print by Anchorage artist Marianne Wieland

Nome Kennel Club Fastest Time from Safety to Nome - Wade Marrs
This award goes to the musher with the fastest time from the Safety checkpoint to the finish in Nome. 
· A check for $500

Matson Most Improved Musher Award - Paige Drobny
This award is presented to the musher who bettered their previous finish by the most places. 
· $2,000 in cash
· A commemorative trophy

Donlin Gold Sportsmanship Award - Mats Pettersson
Presented to the musher demonstrating sportsmanship, the recipient of this award is chosen by fellow mushers. 
· $3,000 check
· A commemorative trophy

Most Inspirational Musher Award - Lance Mackey
The recipient of this award is also chosen by fellow mushers.
· Paid entry fee for the 2020 Iditarod

Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award - Aaron Peck
This award has been presented since 2007 to the person who emulates “Herbie: The Shishmaref Cannon Ball” in their attitude on the trail. Race staff and officials choose the recipient.
· $1,049 in “pocket change” inside a Northern Air Cargo jacket

Golden Clipboard Award - Rohn and Eagle Island
Presented since 2001 to the most outstanding checkpoint, this award is chosen by the competing mushers. 
· A commemorative plaque

Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award - Aliy Zirkle
This award goes to a musher that demonstrates outstanding dog care while remaining competitive throughout the race, chosen by the veterinary team. 
· Entry fee for the 2020 Iditarod
· A commemorative trophy

RELATED: Aliy Zirkle first to Iditarod, wins Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award 

RELATED: Ulsom presented with beaver mitts as prize for first to Nikolai 

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March 17 - 10:34 a.m.

Iditarod musher Blair Braverman makes it to Nome

Blair Braverman, the 30-year-old rookie musher from Wisconsin, checked in to Nome at 10:17 a.m. Sunday, taking 36th place in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Braverman arrived at the burled arch with eight dogs in harness. She finished the race in 13 days, 19 hours and 17 minutes. Her average speed was 2.98 miles per hour, according to standings on Iditarod.com.

FULL STORY: Iditarod musher Blair Braverman makes it to Nome 

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March 16 - 11 p.m.

Iditarod musher Nic Petit sets record straight on his 2019 race

The 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race did not go as planned for Nicolas Petit and his team. Petit was in or near the lead for almost all of the race, but everything broke down on the run between Shaktoolik and Koyuk.

Petit's pace had everyone marveling. However, on the coast outside Shaktoolik a dog named Joee jumped on another dog and after Petit yelled to separate them the whole team refused to run. With a snowmachine ride back to Shaktoolik and a scratch the next evening, the team that had been in first place was out of the race.

Peter Kaiser would take the lead and, ultimately, the win.

Media reports stated there had been a dog fight, which Petit refutes. (KTVA initially reported this, but corrected its story upon reviewing an interview with Petit from Iditarod Insider at the time.)

National and international sources have focused on him yelling at his team, which has drawn criticism online. Especially hard for Petit, who is known to call his sled dogs his children.

He wanted to set the record straight, and in an interview with Iditarod Insider on Friday, he explained what happened.

FULL STORY: Iditarod musher Nic Petit sets record straight on his 2019 race 

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March 16 - 10:24 p.m.

Sled dog from Richie Beattie's team dies after finishing Iditarod

Oshi, a 5-year-old female sled dog on musher Richie Beattie's team, died at 6:37 p.m. Saturday at an Anchorage animal hospital, according to a news release from the Iditarod Trail Committee late Saturday night.

Beattie and his team finished the race at 10:01 p.m. Thursday in Nome. Veterinarians with the ITC discovered signs of pneumonia during a post-race examination of the dog. Oshi was stabilized and flown to Anchorage on Friday for further care.

"Sadly, Oshi passed away the following day," ITC officials wrote in the release, which listed a preliminary diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia.

The ITC release states a necropsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death.

FULL STORY: Sled dog from Richie Beattie's team dies after finishing Iditarod 

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March 14 - 9:30 p.m.

Top 20 teams in to Nome

It's been a full day under the burled arch as more race teams cross the finish line in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 

Twins Kristy and Anna Berington both had their best races, finishing just two minutes apart Thursday.

Place Musher Bib # Dogs In Total Race Time
1 Peter Kaiser 9 8 9d 12h 39m
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 8 9d 12h 51m
3 Jessie Royer 14 11 9d 18h 34m
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 11 10d 2h 26m
5 Travis Beals 51 8 10d 3h 37m
6 Matt Hall 3 8 10d 6h 3m
7 Paige Drobny 40 11 10d 6h 9m
8 Ramey Smyth 6 9 10d 8h 13m
9 Mitch Seavey 32 7 10d 8hr 25m
10 Aaron Burmeister 38 9 10d 9hr 34m
11 Richie Diehl 29 9 10d 10h 40m
12 Linwood Fiedler 15 11 10d 12h 9m
13 Jeff King 23 13 10d 13h 7m
14 Wade Marrs 36 9 10d 14h 26m
15 Jeff Deeter  25 7 10d 20h 48m
16 Kristy Berington 26 10 10d 23h 4m
17 Anna Berington 10 9 10d 23h 6m
18 Matthew Failor  17 10 11d 1h 3m
19 Seth Barnes 45 6 11d 1h 13m
20 Mats Pettersson 4 8 11d 2h 40m 

For a full list of standings, click here

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There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

Richie Beattie earns Rookie of the Year as fastest first-timer to Nome 

Kristy, Anna Berington break top 20 

Trinkets, photos & a beloved volunteer's ashes: Mushers carry more than gear to Nome

Royer, Zirkle & Drobny place in the top 10, making Iditarod history 

Burled arch and basketball: Nome has plenty of sports history 

For Iditarod winner Peter Kaiser, mushing is a family affair 

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March 13 - 1:33 p.m.

Zirkle 4th to Nome, Beals eyes 5th place

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle arrived in Nome at 5:26 p.m. with 11 dogs in harness. She finished her race in 10 days, 2 hours and 26 minutes. 

This is Zirkle's seventh time placing in the top 10 and her third sixth time making it into the top five; all of which has been achieved since 2012. The highest she's finished was second place in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

READ MORE: Aliy Zirkle 4th to Nome in 2019 Iditarod 

Meanwhile, Travis Beals is within five miles of crossing beneath the burled arch, which would put him in fifth place. Paige Drobny is in sixth currently hoping to fend off Matt Hall who is close behind.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 13 - 2:26 p.m.

Zirkle makes her way toward Nome

Aliy Zirkle checks out of Safety.

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows fan-favorite Aliy Zirkle has checked out of Safety and is making her way toward Nome.

With Zirkle in fourth, Travis Beals is sitting in fifth as he makes his way to Safety.

Matt Hall, Paige Drobny, Ramey Smyth, Mitch Seavey and Aaron Burmeister round out the top 10 as the race to Nome continues.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Nome 03:39 8
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Nome 03:51 8
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Nome 09:34 11
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Safety 13:42 11
5 Matt Hall 3 Out of White Mountain 05:46 9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 13 - 1:33 p.m.

Zirkle resting in Safety

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows fan-favorite Aliy Zirkle resting in Safety. Right now, she's holding tight to fourth place, but Travis Beals is running close behind — just ten miles away from the checkpoint.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 13 - 9:51 a.m.

Royer takes 3rd in 2019 Iditarod

Jessie Royer, the 42-year-old veteran musher from Idaho, checked in to Nome at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, taking third place in the 2019 Iditarod.

Royer arrived at the burled arch with 11 dogs in harness. She finished the race in 9 days, 18 hours and 34 minutes. Her average speed was 4.21 miles per hour, according to standings on Iditarod.com.

FULL STORY: Veteran musher Jessie Royer takes 3rd in 2019 Iditarod 

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March 13 - 4:15 a.m.

Kaiser takes 1st, Ulsom 2nd in 2019 Iditarod

Peter Kaiser and his dog team mush through the falling snow in Nome just minutes before winning the 2019 Iditarod. (Photo courtesy David Poyzer)

Peter Kaiser, the 31-year-old born and raised in Bethel, claimed his first Iditarod victory by outrunning defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Kaiser made the winner's march up Front Street through cheers and applause arriving at the burled arch Wednesday at 3:39 a.m. with eight dogs. He finished the race in 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes.

Peter Kaiser, his wife Bethany and his two children. (Photo by John Wallace, Courtesy www.kaiserracing.com/)

Joar Leifseth Ulsom came in a close second, finishing the race at 3:51 a.m., just 12 minutes later.

FULL STORY: Bethel's Peter Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod 

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The 2019 Iditarod champion is less than 5 miles out of Nome, as of early Wednesday morning.

The winning musher is expected into Nome sometime between 1 - 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Here's how to watch the race finish live from Nome:

•   KTVA-11 Television
•   GCI Channel 907
•   Online at iditarod.com (Requires subscription)

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March 13 - 12:45 a.m.

Through Safety, Kaiser sets sights on Nome

Veteran Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser of Bethel is through the Safety checkpoint, checking in at 12:03 a.m. and checking out at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday. GPS currently show him at mile 980, just 18 miles from Nome.

And victory — if he can hold off Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who is just four miles behind him.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 9:16 p.m.

Zirkle in, Royer out of White Mountain

Aliy Zirkle arrives at the White Mountain checkpoint Tuesday evening. (Courtesy Joanne Wassillie)

Jessie Royer has left White Mountain, chasing the first two musher who left the checkpoint earlier Tuesday evening headed toward Safety and eventually to the finish in Nome.

Fan-favorite Aliy Zirkle checked in to White Mountain at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday. She's been consistently in the top 10 for most of the race. 

KTVA plans to air the finish live on KTVA Channel 11 as well as GCI Channel 907, depending on when the winner crosses the finish line. You can also watch live on Iditarod.com with a paid subscription.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of White Mountain 16:05 8
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of White Mountain 16:47 8
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of White Mountain 20:46 11
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to White Mountain 19:47 11
5 Matt Hall 3 Out of Elim 14:28 9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 5:11 p.m.

Ulsom out of White Mountain

Joar Leifseth Ulsom prepares to leave White Mountain during the 2019 Iditarod. (Photo courtesty Joanne Wassillie)

Joar Leifseth Ulsom has left the White Mountain checkpoint at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday. He's chasing leader Peter Kaiser who left at 4:05 p.m.

The mushers must pass through Safety first before getting to Nome.

It will be a race to the finish for the first musher to reach the burled arch. KTVA plans to air the finish live on KTVA Channel 11 as well as GCI Channel 907, depending on when the winner crosses the finish line. You can also watch live on Iditarod.com with a paid subscription.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 4:22 p.m.

Kaiser out of White Mountain

Peter Kaiser leaves White Mountain in first place in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Courtesy Joanne Wassillie)

Leader in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Peter Kaiser has completed his mandatory eight-hour layover in White Mountain and is headed toward Nome. Official standings show Kaiser left the checkpoint at 4:05 p.m Tuesday. He will be trying to get as much of a lead on defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who will be able to leave 41 minutes later. Jessie Royer arrived in to White Mountain at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. No other team has made it to White Mountain at the time of publication.

The mushers must pass through Safety first before getting to Nome.

It will be a race to the finish for the first musher to reach the burled arch. KTVA plans to air the finish live on KTVA Channel 11 as well as GCI Channel 907, depending on when the winner crosses the finish line. You can also watch live on Iditarod.com with a paid subscription.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 10:23 a.m.

Ryan Redington scratches in Shaktoolik

Veteran Iditarod musher Ryan Redington, bib No. 22, of Skagway, scratched at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday at the Shaktoolik checkpoint.

According to a release from the Iditarod, Redington scratched "due to the well-being of his race team," which he says is his first priority.

He had nine dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 9:03 a.m.

Ulsom makes it to White Mountain

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows veteran musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom made it in to White Mountain around 40 minutes after Peter Kaiser, who was the first to the checkpoint this morning.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to White Mountain 08:05 8
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to White Mountain 08:46 8
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Elim 04:46 11
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Elim 08:06 11
5 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Koyuk 01:25 10

 For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 8:30 a.m.

Kaiser first musher to check in to White Mountain

Peter Kaiser checks into the White Mountain checkpoint Tuesday morning. (Photo Courtesy: Joanne Wassillie / White Mountain, Alaska)

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows veteran musher Peter Kaiser is the first to make it to White Mountain, with Joar Leifseth Ulsom inching closer to the checkpoint by the minute.

Rounding out the top three is Jessie Royer, who's GPS shows her running near the halfway point between Elim and White Mountain.

Still holding positions in the top five are fan-favorite Aliy Zirkle and veteran musher Jessie Holmes, both checking out of Koyuk early this morning to make their way toward Elim.

According to a press release from the Iditarod, Kaiser checked in to White Mountain with eight dogs in harness, winning the Northrim Bank Achieve More award. This includes a $2,500 check and "one-of-a-kind print" by Anchorage artist Marianne Wieland.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 8:04 a.m.

Two more mushers scratch from race

Rookie Iditarod musher Niklas Wikstrand and veteran Iditarod musher Brett Bruggeman scratched early Tuesday morning out of the best interest of their race teams, two press releases from the race said.

Wikstrand, bib No. 42, of Nes, Akershus, Norway scratched at 12:42 a.m. at the Kaltag checkpoint. Bruggeman, bib No. 35, of Great Falls, Montana, scratched at 7:20 a.m. at the Shaktoolik checkpoint.

Wikstrand had 12 dogs in harness when he made the decision. Bruggeman had 11.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 12 - 5:24 a.m.

Top three set their sights on White Mountain

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows the top three mushers in the race have checked out of Elim and are running to White Mountain.

Peter Kaiser and Joar Leifseth Ulsom left the checkpoint within minutes of each other just after midnight. Jessie Royer checked out at 4:46 a.m.

Rounding out the top five is fan-favorite Aliy Zirkle and veteran musher Jessie Holmes, both checking out of Koyuk early this morning to make their way toward Elim.

All of the mushers have taken their mandatory 8- and 24-hour rests.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Elim 00:41 9
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Elim 00:46 8
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Elim 04:46 11
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Koyuk 00:29 11
5 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Koyuk 01:25  10

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 7:55 p.m.

After dogs stop running, Nicolas Petit backtracks toward Shaktoolik

Nicolas Petit has lost the lead in 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Now, he's not even in the top 10.

Petit was the first musher to leave Shaktoolik, but GPS tracking showed he stayed in the same area around mile 793 — resting off and on — since 10 p.m. Sunday. Peter Kaiser, bib No. 9, was shown to have passed Petit at 3:45 a.m. Monday while Petit was still shown as resting. Nine teams had passed Petit as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Petit waited for his dogs to move again, but appeared to begin moving back toward Shaktoolik at 5 p.m. Monday. GPS tracking on Iditarod.com currently shows him stopped at mile 784.

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March 11 - 5:02 p.m.

Kaiser leads the way toward Elim

Peter Kaiser was the first musher to check out of Koyuk this afternoon, followed shortly by Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Kaiser set out toward Elim at 2:15 p.m., current standings on Iditarod.com show. Ulsom left Koyuk an hour later.

GPS tracking shows Jessie Royer near Koyuk, as mushers continue to pass Nicolas Petit on the trail. Standings have not updated with an official out time.

Petit was the first musher to leave Shaktoolik, but GPS tracking shows he's been in the same area around mile 793 — resting off and on — since 10 p.m. Sunday. Nine teams have passed him so far.

In an interview with Iditarod Insider, Petit said the dogs took off out of Shaktoolik "like a rocket" and then lost speed. He surmised that it was likely because they went to a cabin in the area last year. He said one dog jumped on another — the dog had been "picking on" the other during the race — and the whole team stopped after hearing Petit yelling at the two.

"Everybody heard Daddy yelling which doesn't happen and they wouldn't go anymore, anywhere," Petit said.

GPS tracking puts Aliy Zirkle running in fourth place, followed by Jessie Holmes and Mitch Seavey. Matt Hall, Travis Beals and Matthew Failor are also racing toward Koyuk.

Petit rounds out the top 10 as he waits for his dogs to move again.

For a full list of standings, click here


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March 11 - 1:36 p.m.

Royer makes it to Koyuk as more mushers pass Petit

The latest standings on Iditarod.com show Jessie Royer has checked in to Koyuk, while GPS tracking shows Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Holes have passed Nic Petit in the race to the checkpoint. Mitch Seavey and Petit are listed as resting on the trail.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Koyuk 08:54 10
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Koyuk 09:59 9
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Koyuk 11:46 12
4 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Shaktoolik 20:05 (3/10) 10
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Shaktoolik 07:18 9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 11:26 a.m.

More mushers checking in to Koyuk

The latest standings on Iditarod.com show Joar Leifseth Ulsom has checked in to Koyuk, while GPS tracking shows Jessie Royer running close behind.

Ulsom reached Koyuk about an hour after Peter Kaiser. GPS tracking shows Royer holding steady to third place, with Mitch Seavey passing Nic Petit for fourth. After resting for a few hours on the trail, Petit is back up and running toward the checkpoint, rounding out the top five.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Koyuk 08:54 10
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Koyuk 09:59 9
3 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Shaktoolik 20:05 (3/10) 10
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Shaktoolik 03:09 13
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Shaktoolik 07:18 9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 9:21 a.m.

Kaiser first musher to check in to Koyuk

Musher Peter Kaiser was the first to arrive to the Koyuk checkpoint Monday morning.

According to the latest standings on Iditarod.com, he checked in at 8:54 a.m. with 10 dogs in harness. GPS tracking shows him resting, while Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Jessie Royer are inching closer to the checkpoint.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Koyuk 08:54 10
2 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Shaktoolik 20:05 (3/10) 10
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Shaktoolik 01:39 10
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Shaktoolik 03:09 13
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Shaktoolik 07:18  9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 8:51 a.m.

Iditarod musher Robert Redington scratches in Kaltag

Veteran Iditarod musher Robert Redington, bib No. 34, of Willow, scratched at 8 a.m. Monday at the Kaltag checkpoint.

According to a release from the Iditarod, Redington scratched out of the best interest of his race team. He had 8 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 8 a.m.

Kaiser takes the lead as mushers head toward Koyuk

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows Peter Kaiser in the lead headed toward the Koyuk checkpoint, with Joar Leifseth Ulsom running not far behind.

Jessie Royer is in third and Nicolas Petit is listed as resting between Shaktoolik and Koyuk.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 11 - 4 a.m.

Top 5 mushers out of Shaktoolik, race to Koyuk heats up

While Nicolas Petit was the first to leave Shaktoolik Sunday evening, the following two mushers were able to close the gap between them overnight. Peter Kaiser, bib No. 9, was shown to have passed Petit at 3:45 a.m. while Petit was shown as resting.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom, too, was within striking distance as the two rivals were both shown at mile 791. 

Jessie Royer and Mitch Seavey, in fourth and fifth respectively, are also on their way to Koyuk, 50 miles from Unalakleet. 

All of the top five mushers have completed their mandatory eight-hour and 24-hour rests.

For a full list of standings, click here

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There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

Iditarod mushers, volunteers flip for Unalakleet's sourdough pancakes 

The Daily 5: Kaiser leads into Koyuk, hygiene on the trail & a cooler forecast 

Photos: Unalakleet welcomes Iditarod mushers 

In rural Alaska villages, cake walks make hard times a little easier 

Snow showers and breezy winds as mushers journey to Nome 

Photos: Scenes from Anvik during Iditarod 2019 

What happens to unused drop bags on the Iditarod? 

Photos: Top 5 mushers make it through Anvik in 2019 Iditarod 

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March 10 - 9 p.m.

Petit reaches Shaktoolik, leaves just as quickly

Musher Nicolas Petit was the first musher to arrive to the Shaktoolik checkpoint Sunday evening. He left with 10 dogs in harness after spending 8 minutes in the checkpoint. Petit now faces the 50-mile journey to Koyuk.

All of the top five mushers have completed their mandatory eight-hour and 24-hour rests.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Shaktoolik 20:05 10
2 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Unalakleet 16:40 11
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Unalakleet 16:40 10
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Unalakleet 16:45 13
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Unalakleet 20:25 9

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 10 - 3:30 p.m.

Nic Petit heads toward Shaktoolik

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows Nic Petit making his way out of Unalakleet and back on the trail toward Shaktoolik. He is the first musher to leave the checkpoint, after resting there for about five hours.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Unalakleet 14:48 10 x x
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Kaltag 23:44 (3/9) 10 x x
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Kaltag 23:47 (3/9) 13 x x
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Kaltag 00:51 11 x x
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Kaltag 03:47 11 x x

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 10 - 10:35 a.m. 

Nic Petit is first to arrive at the Unalakleet checkpoint 

Ahead of the other 48 mushers in the Iditarod, Nic Petit, bib No. 20,  reached the coast at 9:46 a.m. Sunday with 10 dogs, according to Iditarod.com.

Petit was awarded the inaugural Ryan Air Gold Coast Award upon his arrival, a press release from race representatives said. The award consists of $1,500 in gold nuggets from the Bering Straits region and a carved ivory dog sled team made by Leonard Savage of Holy Cross.  

Volunteers have already brought out food bags for the other three mushers trailing Petit: Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Jessie Royer and Peter Kaiser. 

After Nic Petit's arrival, volunteers pulled out food bags for the next three mushers headed to the Unalakleet checkpoint.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Unalakleet 09:46 10 x x
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Kaltag 23:44 (3/9) 10 x x
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Kaltag 23:47 (3/9) 13 x x
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Kaltag 00:51 11 x x
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Kaltag 03:47 11 x x

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 10 - 7:25 a.m.

Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott scratches at halfway mark

Veteran Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott, bib No. 16, of Willow scratched at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at the Iditarod checkpoint due to personal health reasons and concerns for her team.

She had 14 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 10 - 1:45 a.m.

Petit first out of Kaltag as top 4 race to the coast

The top four mushers have all left Kaltag headed to the Unalakleet checkpoint and it's a race to the coast.

Nic Petit left first, with Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Jessie Royer out a few hours later. Peter Kaiser left just before 1 a.m. after taking his mandatory eight-hour rest in Kaltag.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Kaltag 21:49 (3/9) 11 x x
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Kaltag 23:44 (3/9) 10 x x
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Kaltag 23:47 (3/9) 13 x x
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Kaltag 00:51 (3/10) 11 x x
5 Mitch Seavey 32 In to Kaltag 21:35 (3/9) 11 x x

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 9 - 5:40 p.m.

Kaiser first to Kaltag, 2 veteran mushers scratch

Musher Peter Kaiser in Anvik on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by David Poyzer)

Veteran Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser reached Kaltag at 4:48 p.m. Saturday, the first musher to do so in the 2019 race, winning the Bristol Bay Native Corporation First Fish Award. 

The prize includes a certificate for 25 pounds of fresh-caught, wild Bristol Bay salmon filets, a check for $2,000 and a wood-burned art piece by BBNC shareholder and artist Apayo Moore, according to a news release from the Iditarod Trail Committee.

Hot on Kaiser's heels, Nicolas Petit pulled in to Kaltag just three minutes later. Both mushers had 11 dogs in harness when they arrived.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Kaltag 14:48 11   x
2 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Kaltag 14:51 11 x x
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Eagle Island 07:45 10 x x
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Eagle Island 08:03 13 x x
5 Matthew Failor 17 Out of Eagle Island 08:46 11 x x

For a full list of standings, click here

Earlier at the Iditarod checkpoint, veteran mushers Emily Maxwell and Marcelle Fressineau scratched. Their teams reached Iditarod around noon Saturday after two race enthusiasts were sent to check on them via snowmachine.

Veteran mushers Emily Maxwell (left) and Marcelle Fressineau (right) both scratched at the Iditarod checkpoint around noon on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

READ MORE: Veteran mushers Maxwell, Fressineau scratch at Iditarod halfway checkpoint 

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March 9 - 3:32 a.m.

Top 3 make it to Eagle Island, Petit keeps on going

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com showed the first three mushers have arrived in Eagle Island early Saturday morning. As of 2:36 a.m. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Peter Kaiser and Nicolas Petit had all reached the checkpoint. 

Kaiser passed Petit in the 62 miles from Grayling. Ulsom and Kaiser stopped to rest in Grayling, but in typical fashion Petit decided to push though the checkpoint.

Tracking showed Jessie Royer and Mitch Seavey in fourth and fifth places, respectively, with Richie Diehl, Aliy Zirkle and Ryan Redington jockeying for sixth.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Eagle Island 02:53 (3/9) 11 x x
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Eagle Island 02:03 (3/9) 11 x x
3 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Eagle Island 02:28 (3/9) 11   x
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Grayling 22:06 (3/8) 13 x x
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Grayling 23:03 (3/8) 11 x x

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 9 - 2:45 a.m.

Daniella Rivera / KTVA

There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

The Daily 5: Leaders pull ahead, Aliy's stop in Anvik & a vet from Australia 

Snow showers and low visibility along the Iditarod Trail 

On the Iditarod Trail, gender doesn't determine success 

Volunteer veterinarians keep dogs healthy on Iditarod Trail 

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March 8 - 9:55 p.m.

Food bags finally arrive to Eagle Island

For a second-straight year, there was snag at the Eagle Island checkpoint. Food drops were not made due to weather. The bags cannot be left there out of concern that other animals will get to them. This left mushers in limbo, not knowing if the bags would get there by the time the arrived.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, race judge Judy Currier said that the bags for the top 35 teams had been delivered to the checkpoint by Iditarod trail breakers on snowmachines. Good timing as Ulsom, Petit and Peter Kaiser navigate the 62 miles from Grayling to Eagle Island overnight.

READ MORE: Food issues at Eagle Island could influence mushers' strategy 

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March 8 - 7:52 p.m.

Ulsom leaves Grayling taking the lead

Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the first musher to leave Grayling on Friday evening, taking back the lead from Nicolas Petit. Petit blew past Ulsom at the Shageluk checkpoint in the early morning hours Friday to make it to Anvik. The two have been leap-frogging one another since the race began.

Petit checked into Grayling two hours before Ulsom, but appears to be taking his eight-hour rest there. He would be able to leave at 7:48 p.m. Friday, if so.

In a solid third is Jessie Royer, who is still in Grayling and has said she would be taking her mandatory eight-hour rest there.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs 8 Hr 24 Hr
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Grayling 18:47 11 x x
2 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Grayling 11:48 12   x
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Grayling 14:06 13   x
4 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Grayling 14:43 12   x
5 Mitch Seavey 32 In to Grayling 15:03 11   x

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 8 - 7:25 p.m.

Aliy Zirkle makes it to Anvik


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March 8 - 7:25 p.m.

There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

Photos: Top 5 mushers make it through Anvik in 2019 Iditarod 

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March 8 - 3:12 p.m.

Top 5 reach Grayling, but food issues await in Eagle Island

The top five mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have reached Grayling, arriving in the same order they each passed through Anvik earlier Friday morning.

In Anvik, some were alerted that food bags had yet to arrive in Eagle Island, adding yet another obstacle for the teams.

READ MORE: Food issues at Eagle Island could influence mushers' strategy 

Upon leaving Anvik, the first musher to arrive Nicolas Petit decided to return two dogs, departing with 12 in the harness. He'd previously had all 14 dogs.

In second place, Joar Leifseth Ulsom is now down to 11 dogs. He's returned three dogs thus far, including his lead dog, Olive. 

Joar Leifseth Ulsom heads in to Anvik during the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Daniella Rivera / KTVA)

Jessie Royer also had 14 dogs coming in to Anvik. She was listed in the official standings with 13 dogs in Grayling, the most out of the top five racers.

The term "returned dog" now replaces "dropped dog" in race vocabulary. A spokesperson for the race said the Iditarod changed it in 2019 because of the potentially negative connotation.

Peter Kaiser and Mitch Seavey round out the top five. Kaiser officially arrived in Grayling at 2:23 p.m. with 12 dogs. While race standings don't yet reflect Seavey's arrival to Grayling, GPS tracking at 3:10 p.m. show him at the checkpoint.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Grayling 11:48 12
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Grayling 13:43 11
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Grayling 14:06 13
4 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Grayling 14:43 12
5 Mitch Seavey 32 Out of Anvik 12:35 11

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 8 - 4:45 a.m.

Petit first to Anvik, wins feast and a stack of cash

Nicolas Petit and Wilson Maillelle enjoy a multi-course meal in Anvik in the early hours of March 8, 2019. Petit won the First Musher to the Yukon Award for the third year in a row. (Photo by David Poyzer)

After passing by Joar Leifseth Ulsom in Shageluk, musher Nicolas Petit carried on through the night to Anvik, where he won the annual First Musher to the Yukon Award for the third-straight year. The prize is a five-course meal and $3,500 in $1 bills on a gold tray.

READ MORE: Nicolas Petit gets First Musher to the Yukon Award 

READ MORE: Meet the chefs preparing a multi-course feast for the first musher to Anvik 

The bigger question was whether Petit would stay to eat the meal or if he would pass through the checkpoint to keep his lead over Ulsom. He decided to stay, but the chefs said he asked that the dinner happen "as fast as possible."

Jessie Royer, too, has been strong in this race. She pulled into Shageluk at 4:08 a.m. Friday with 14 dogs and securing — for now — third place.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Anvik 04:23 (3/8) 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Shageluk 00:14 (3/8) 11
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Shageluk 04:08 (3/8) 14
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Iditarod 21:40 (3/7) 12
5 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Iditarod 21:41 (3/7) 13

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 8 - 12:30 a.m.

Ulsom through Shageluk, Petit close behind

The leaders are neck and neck as they speed — Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Nicolas Petit putting down speeds of 10.1 mph and 10.4 mph respectively — toward Anvik. Ulsom checked in 14 minutes after midnight and was shown as resting. At 12:38 a.m. Friday, Petit was three miles behind, but gaining fast.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 7 - 7 p.m.

Ulsom passes Petit on the way to Yukon

For whom will the church bells toll? Will it be last year's winner Joar Leifseth Ulsom or will it be a step on the road to redemption for Nicolas Petit? Or will it be someone else all together?

Before the two racers reach the village of Anvik on the Yukon River, where a multi-course meal and $3,500 awaits the fastest musher, they must first make it to Shageluk. 

Both Petit and Ulsom have left the Iditarod checkpoint — Petit checking out at 12:22 p.m. with 14 dogs, Ulsom leaving at 4:52 p.m. with 11 dogs — passing Aliy Zirkle. She was the first to arrive to Iditarod early Thursday morning and has said she's taking her 24-hour rest there.

According to GPS tracking, Ulsom passed Petit as he was resting at mile 443, just outside of Iditarod.

So far nine mushers have made it to Iditarod, with many making the 80-mile journey there from Ophir Thursday night.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Iditarod 12:22 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Iditarod 16:52 11
3 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Iditarod 01:38 14
4 Martin Buser 21 In to Iditarod 13:46 12
5 Jessie Royer 14 In to Iditarod 15:45 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 7 - 1 p.m.

Petit, Ulsom in to Iditarod

GPS tracking shows Nic Petit, bib No. 20, has passed through Iditarod, while Aliy Zirkle and Joar Leifseth Ulsom appeared stopped there at 12:48 p.m. Thursday. (Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Aliy Zirkle lost the lead as musher Nicolas Petit pushed through the Iditarod checkpoint Thursday afternoon. Petit, bib No. 20, checked in at 12:13 p.m. and back out again nine minutes later with all 14 dogs still in the harness.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom was officially clocked in to the checkpoint at 12:37 p.m. with 12 dogs and GPS tracking listed him as resting as of 12:54 p.m., putting him in third place after Zirkle. 

Zirkle checked in to Iditarod with all 14 dogs in harness.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Iditarod 12:22 (3/7) 14
2 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Iditarod 01:38 (3/7) 14
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Iditarod 12:37 (3/7) 12
4 Martin Buser 21 Out of Ophir 18:23 (3/6) 12
5 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Ophir 01:23 (3/7) 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 7 - 2 a.m.

Zirkle makes it to Iditarod checkpoint

(Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Aliy Zirkle completed the 80-mile leg from Ophir to Iditarod early Thursday morning. She is the first to do so in the 2019 Itidarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Martin Buser, wearing bib No. 21, was just over half way to Iditarod according to GPS tracking at 1:35 a.m.

It is the part of the race where mushers are deciding where to take their mandatory 24-hour rests, and Takotna seemed to be popular with more than 15 mushers declaring to stay there thus far. One of them, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, stayed for his full 24 hours and left just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night. He reached Ophir — catching up with rival speedster Nic Petit — at 10:50 p.m. and was out of the checkpoint by 11 p.m. to secure a third-place spot.

As of 1:45 a.m. Thursday, nine mushers had completed their 24-hour rest:

•   Joar Leifseth Ulsom - Takotna
•   Jessie Royer - Takotna
•   Peter Kaiser - Takotna
•   Richie Diehl - Takotna
•   Ryan Redington - Takotna
•   Mitch Seavey - Takotna
•   Matt Hall - Takotna
•   Matthew Failor - Takotna
•   Wade Marrs - McGrath

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Iditarod 01:38 (3/7) 14
2 Martin Buser 21 Out of Ophir 18:23 (3/6) 12
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Ophir 23:00 (3/6) 13
4 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Ophir 01:23 (3/7) 14
5 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 (3/6) 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 7 - 2 a.m.

There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

The Daily 5: Sled swapping, karma on the trail, & a mild Iditarod forecast 

Takotna welcomes 2019 Iditarod mushers with fewer volunteers, but no less enthusiasm 

Anyone got a spare sled? Iditarod karma helps musher stay on the trail. 

Snow continues, but temperatures stay mild along Iditarod Trail 

Dirt, gravel & boulders: Mushers describe the roughest part of the Iditarod trail yet 

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March 7 - 12:30 a.m.

Listen to the midnight sounds of the Takotna checkpoint.

 

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March 6 - 8 p.m.

Martin Buser leaves Ophir in second place

(Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Aliy Zirkle is still our leader, according to GPS tracking on Itidarod.com. Nicolas Petit, Jessie Holmes, Aaron Burmeister and Martin Buser are currently in the top five.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Ophir 08:09 14
2 Martin Buser 21 Out of Ophir 18:23 12
3 Nic Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 14
4 Jessie Holmes 5 In to Ophir 07:20 14
5 Aaron Burmeister 38 In to Ophir 08:48 13

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 6 - 4 p.m.

Shaynee Traska scratches, Zirkle in first

Veteran musher Shaynee Traska scratched in Nikolai just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. She is the first to do so in this year's race.

READ MORE: Iditarod musher Shaynee Traska scratches in Nikolai 

Aliy Zirkle still holds the lead according to standings and GPS tracking. Nicolas Petit, Jessie Holmes, Aaron Burmeister and Martin Buser are currently in the top five.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 6 - 1 p.m.

For many mushers there's no place like the Takotna checkpoint for a 24-hour break. Others like Aliy Zirkle are pushing through to Iditarod. KTVA's Dave Goldman examines the strategy of the question on mushers' minds: Where will they 24?

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March 6 - 1 p.m.

Zirkle holds lead en route to Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle still holds the lead according to midday standings and GPS tracking. Nicolas Petit, Jessie Holmes, Aaron Burmeister and Martin Buser are currently in the top five.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Ophir 08:09 14
2 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 14
3 Jessie Holmes 5 In to Ophir 07:20 14
4 Aaron Burmeister 38 In to Ophir 08:48 13
5 Martin Buser 21 In to Ophir 12:12 12

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 6 - 8:30 a.m.

Zirkle heads for Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle is the first musher to check out of Ophir and make her way to Iditarod, according to Iditarod.com GPS tracking.

Current standings show Nicolas Petit and Aaron Burmeister resting in Ophir, with Jessie Holmes and Joar Leifseth Ulsom rounding out the top five.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Ophir 08:09 14
2 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 14
3 Aaron Burmeister 38 In to Ophir 08:48 13
4 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Takotna 03:57 14
5 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Takotna 19:08 13

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 6 - 4:30 a.m.

Zirkle, Holmes follow Petit to Ophir

The latest race standings show that Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Holmes checked out of Takotna early this morning and are on their way to Ophir behind Nicolas Petit, who reached Ophir just after 1 a.m.

Zirkle rested in Takotna for just three minutes before getting back on the trail. Holmes spent even less time at the checkpoint, coming in and out in just one minute.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 14
2 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Takotna 02:38 14
3 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Takotna 03:57 14
4 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Takotna 19:08 (3/5) 13
5 Jessie Royer 14 In to Takotna 21:15 (3/5) 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 6  - 2:10 a.m.

Petit reaches Ophir, followers resting in Takotna

After blowing through the Takotna checkpoint late Tuesday night, musher Nicolas Petit reached the Ophir checkpoint at 1:08 a.m. Wednesday.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Ophir 01:08 (3/6) 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Takotna 19:08 (3/5) 13
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Takotna 21:15 (3/5) 14
4 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Takotna 21:59 (3/5) 14
5 Matt Hall 3 In to Takotna 23:11 (3/5) 13

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5 - 9:45 p.m.

Royer makes it to Takotna, joins Ulsom in declaring 24-hour rest

Jessie Royer arriving in Takotna on Tuesday night. She declared her 24-hour rest. (Scott Gross/KTVA)

Musher Jessie Royer clocked in to the Takotna checkpoint at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. She has also declared her 24-hour rest along with fellow musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom who arrived there earlier that evening. 

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Takotna 19:08 13
2 Jessie Royer 14 In to Takotna 21:15 14
3 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of McGrath 19:24 14
4 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of McGrath 19:33 14
5 Matt Hall 3 Out of McGrath 20:23 13

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5 - 8 p.m.

There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

Photos: Sled dogs get naps, massages in Nikolai 

Musher separated from team says fellow musher saved him and his dogs 

Ulsom presented with beaver mitts as prize for first to Nikolai 

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March 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Ulsom makes it to Takotna 

Joar Leifseth Ulsom reached the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday. (Daniella Rivera/KTVA)

Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the first musher to reach the Takotna checkpoint in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He checked in at 7:08 p.m. with 13 dogs in the harness. It took him two hours and 19 minutes to make the 18-mile journey from McGrath. He has declared his 24-hour rest.

In second place, Jessie Royer left McGrath at 6:44 p.m. Behind her, Peter Kaiser took off from McGrath at 7:24 p.m.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Takotna 19:08 13
Jessie Royer  14 Out of McGrath  18:44  14 
Peter Kaiser  Out of McGrath  19:24  14 
Nicolas Petit 20  In to McGrath  15:17  14 
Aliy Zirkle  19 Out of Nikolai 12:54  14 

For a full list of standings, click here

Joar Leifseth Ulsom holds the lead in the 2019 Iditarod as he pulls into Takotna with his team Tuesday night. (Photo by David Poyzer)

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March 5 - 5:15 p.m.

Ulsom second to McGrath, takes lead as first to leave

The latest race standings show that Joar Leifseth Ulsom has also reached McGrath, catching up to competitor Nic Petit, who officially clocked in at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday.

Ulsom's official time in was 4:45 p.m., leaving just four minutes later at 4:49 p.m., and overtaking Petit who is resting in McGrath according to Iditarod.com GPS tracking.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5  - 3:52 p.m.

Petit first in to McGrath, wins Spirit of Iditarod award

Nicolas Petit is the first musher in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to reach the McGrath checkpoint. (Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Nicolas Petit was the first musher to reach the McGrath checkpoint at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday. He still has all 14 dogs in harness, winning the inaugural Alaska Air Transit Spirit of Iditarod Award.

The Girdwood musher was presented with beaver mitts and a musher hat created by McGrath residents. 

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to McGrath 15:17 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Nikolai 10:37 13
3 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Nikolai 12:09 14
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Nikolai 12:23 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Nikolai 12:54 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5  - 10:30 a.m.

Petit first out of Nikolai

Nicolas Petit has passed through the checkpoint in Nikolai to retake the lead late Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Nic Petit was the first musher to check out of Nikolai Tuesday morning, as GPS tracking on Iditarod.com shows many others behind him are using the checkpoint to rest.

Petit checked in to Nikolai at 9:04 a.m., resting for only four minutes before heading back on the trail toward McGrath with his 14-dog team.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Nikolai 09:08 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Nikolai 06:36 13
3 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Nikolai 07:54 14
4 Jessie Royer 14 In to Nikolai 08:10 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Nikolai 08:58 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5  - 10:30 a.m.

Musher Richie Diehl smiles at the Nikolai checkpoint after he says he ran into a tree branch on the trail. (John Thain/KTVA)

"It's not a really great story or anything, I was just 20-25 miles from here. I was just kinda looking off into the distance, and I saw a reflector, so I turned right when I saw the reflector and it was in my face," said musher Richie Diehl, talking about injuring his face on a tree branch while on the trail.

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March 5  - 8:17 a.m.

Kaiser, Royer check in to Nikolai behind Ulsom

Standings show that Peter Kaiser and Jessie Royer have also checked in to Nikolai Tuesday morning, each rolling in with 14-dog teams.

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com puts Aliy Zirkle and Matt Hall following close behind.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Nikolai 06:36 13
2 Peter Kaiser 9 In to Nikolai 07:54 14
3 Jessie Royer 14 In to Nikolai 08:10 14
4 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Rohn 18:12 (3/4) 14
5 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Rohn 19:18 (3/4) 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 5  - 6:36 a.m.
 

Ulsom first in to Nikolai

Standings show that Joar Leifseth Ulsom was the first to check in to Nikolai at 6:36 a.m. Tuesday. He checked in with a 13-dog team.

GPS tracking on Iditarod.com showed he was followed by Peter Kaiser, Jessie Royer, Aliy Zirkle and Matt Hall, respectively.

For a full list of standings, click here

Joar Leifseth Ulsom was the first in to Nikolai on Tuesday. (Dave Goldman/KTVA)

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March 5 - 6:36 a.m.

There's a lot happening on the trail! Don't miss any coverage from the KTVA field team:

The Daily 5: Mushers close in on Nikolai, a bird's eye view of the trail & an Iditarod forecast 

4 mushers say 2019 is their last Iditarod. Their final act remains to be seen. 

VIDEO: Aerial view of the trail mushers will be traveling overnight 

 

Ryan Santiago may be a rookie, but there's an Iditarod winner on his dog team 

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March 5  - 4:33 a.m.

Petit first out of Rohn, followed by Ulsom and Redington

Standings show that Nic Petit was the first to check out of Rohn at 6:12 p.m. Monday evening, followed by Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Ryan Redington, Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Royer.

Meanwhile, a GPS tracker on Iditarod.com shows Ulsom out in front early Tuesday morning as teams barrel forward to the Nikolai checkpoint, with Peter Kaiser and Royer not far behind.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Rohn 18:12 (3/4) 14
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Rohn 18:37 (3/4) 13
3 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Rohn 19:18 (3/4) 14
4 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Rohn 19:54 (3/4) 14
5 Jessie Royer 14 Out of Rohn 20:03 (3/4) 14

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March 4  - 6:45 p.m.

Ulsom, Kaiser battle for second and third into Rohn

GPS tracking shows that Joar Leifseth Ulsom (bib No. 28) has passed through Rohn to take second place. (Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Standings show that Joar Leifseth Ulsom checked into Rohn behind Nic Petit at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening, taking second place from Peter Kaiser. According to Iditarod.com, Ulsom was racing with 13 dogs. He left the checkpoint at 6:37 p.m.

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 4  - 6:15 p.m.

Petit is first into Rohn

(Courtesy of Iditarod.com)

Nic Petit was the first of the 52 mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to reach the Rohn checkpoint, clocking in at 5:52 p.m. According to GPS tracking, Peter Kaiser is in second place and just two miles out from the checkpoint.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 In to Rohn 17:52 14
2 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Rainy Pass 09:25 14
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Rainy Pass 14:52 14 (1)
4 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Rainy Pass 15:16 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Rainy Pass 15:19 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 4  - 4:45 p.m.

Petit holds lead near Rohn, but mushers are on his tail

GPS tracking shows the top five racers are getting closer to Rohn. (Courtesy Iditarod.com)

Racers are moving steadily toward the Rohn checkpoint with last year's second-place finisher Nic Petit in the lead. Bethel musher Peter Kaiser is hot on Petit's heels, along with Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Ryan Redington and Aliy Zirkle rounding out the top five.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Rainy Pass 09:14 14
2 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Rainy Pass 09:25 14
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 Out of Rainy Pass 14:52 14 (1)
4 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Rainy Pass 15:16 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Rainy Pass 15:19 14

For a full list of standings, click here

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March 4  - 4:30 p.m.

Photos: More scenes from Skwentna

Photos by David Poyzer and Daniella Rivera

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March 4 - 11 a.m.

Photos: Rookie mushers prepare to leave Skwentna

Twelve hours after the first musher reached Skwentna, rookie mushers in the back of the pack headed out. 

Victoria Hardwick preps her team to leave Skwentna. The rookie from Bethel is bib No. 30. (Daniella Rivera/KTVA)

Meanwhile, a GPS tracker on Iditarod.com shows Nic Petit out in front as teams barrel forward to the Rohn checkpoint.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Rainy Pass 09:14 14
2 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Rainy Pass 09:25 14
3 Ryan Redington 22 In to Rainy Pass 09:26 14
4 Matt Hall 3 Out of Finger Lake 07:41 14
5 Jessie Holmes 5 Out of Finger Lake 07:48 14

For a full list of standings, click here.

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March 4  - 8:16 a.m.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Jason Campeau 12 Out of Finger Lake 06:07 14
2 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Finger Lake 06:10 14
3 Ryan Redington 22 Out of Finger Lake 06:12 14
4 Linwood Fiedler 15 In to Finger Lake 03:53 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Finger Lake 05:29 14

For a full list of standings, click here.

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March 4  - 6:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Finger Lake 06:10 14
2 Linwood Fiedler 15 In to Finger Lake 03:53 14
3 Aliy Zirkle 19 In to Finger Lake 05:29 14
4 Joar Leifseth Ulsom 28 In to Finger Lake 05:39 14
5 Richie Diehl 29 In to Finger Lake 05:42 14

For a full list of standings, click here.

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March 4  - 2:20 a.m.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Matt Hall 3 Out of Skwentna 21:44 (3/3) 14
2 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Skwentna 21:52 (3/3) 14
3 Linwood Fiedler 15 Out of Skwentna 23:22 (3/3) 14
4 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Skwentna 23:40 (3/3) 14
5 Aliy Zirkle 19 Out of Skwentna 00:47 (3/4) 14

For a full list of standings, click here.

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March 4  - 12:23 a.m.

Photos: Scenes from Skwentna

Jessie Holmes takes care of his dogs in Skwentna. (Photo Courtesy: Dave Poyzer)

 

Iditarod volunteers and spectators gathered around a large fire in Skwentna as mushers arrived at the checkpoint on March 3, 2019. (Dave Poyzer)

 

Jessie Holmes and his team were the first to arrive in Skwentna. (Photo Courtesy: Dave Poyzer)

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March 3  - 10:20 p.m.

More mushers into Skwentna, Hall and Petit pass through

The 2018 rookie of the year Jessie Holmes was the first into Skwentna Sunday night, but two veteran mushers were the first to leave checkpoint.

As of 10:20 p.m. GPS tracking on Iditarod.com showed that both Matt Hall and Nicolas Petit had both continued on through, headed toward Finger Lake.

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Matt Hall 3 Out of Skwentna 21:44 14
2 Nicolas Petit 20 Out of Skwentna 21:52 14
3 Jessie Holmes 3 In to Skwentna 20:58 14
4 Mats Pettersson 4 In to Skwentna 21:40 14
5 Jeff King 23 In to Skwentna 21:51 14

For a full list of standings, click here.

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March 3  - 9:50 p.m.

Jessie Holmes is first musher to Skwentna

The first of 52 mushers has arrived in Skwentna, located at mile 83 on the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race course. Jessie Holmes, bib No. 5, arrived in the checkpoint at 8:58 p.m. Sunday night. 

Here's a look at the current standings, according to Iditarod.com:

Place Musher Bib # Checkpoint Time Dogs
1 Jessie Holmes 5 In to Skwentna 20:58 14
2 Matt Hall 3 Out of Yentna 18:17 14
3 Linwood Fiedler 15 Out of Yentna 18:26 14
4 Mats Pettersson 4 Out of Yentna 18:28 14
5 Peter Kaiser 9 Out of Yentna 18:29 14
For a full list of standings, click here.
 

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March 3  - 6 p.m.

Mushers begin their race to Nome at Willow restart

Daniella Rivera/KTVA

Fifty-two teams are now on their way west, headed toward the storied burled arch in Nome, Alaska. The teams left Willow during the official restart at 2 p.m.; each musher staggered at two-minute intervals by order of their bib numbers.

Related:  

Lance Mackey's team leaves from Willow on March 3, 2019. He returns to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after withdrawing from the 2017 race and scratching in the 2016 race. (Daniella Rivera/KTVA)

The teams will first pass through Yentna Station, a roadhouse-checkpoint on the Yentna River, with a population of eight residents. Depending on the weather, mushers may push on through to Skwentna, 72 miles from where they started Sunday afternoon.

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March 2  - 7 p.m.

PHOTOS: Iditarod 47 Ceremonial Start

More scenes from the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 2.

 

 

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March 2  - 12:30 p.m.

PHOTOS: Iditarod 47 Ceremonial Start

Scenes from the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 2.

(John Thain/KTVA)

 

(Melissa Frey/KTVA)
(Jeremy LaGoo/KTVA)
(Daniella Rivera/KTVA)
(Daniella Rivera/KTVA)

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March 2  - 9:30 a.m.

Iditarod 47 begins with Ceremonial Start in Anchorage

The KTVA trail crew will be covering the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from all across Anchorage on Saturday, March 2.

 
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Dave Goldman and Scott Gross will be taking in the action at Fourth Avenue and D Street.

Daniella Rivera shows you how Alaskans and others line the trail in celebration of the Last Great Race.

And stay tuned until just before noon when KTVA meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo takes you live from his seat as a 2019 Iditarider! 

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March 1  - 3 p.m.

Official Iditarod 2019 Race Order

The race lineup is set! Mushers drew bib numbers at the annual musher banquet Thursday evening, solidifying their place among the pack. 

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This race blog is where we'll post breaking updates from the trail, race standings, photos and more 24/7 until the last musher pulls into Nome. Our KTVA trail team bringing you coverage of this year's race includes: Dave Goldman, John Thain, Dave Poyzer, Scott Gross and Daniella Rivera. 

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February 28 - 11 p.m.

Watch the 2019 Ceremonial Start LIVE: Join KTVA for the ceremonial start of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 2.

Watch live coverage of the event on KTVA-TV, GCI Channel 907 or online at iditarod.com with a paid subscription. Join KTVA's Jeremy LaGoo on Facebook Live as he takes you in his sled as an Iditarider!

Follow complete race coverage online at ktva.com/iditarod.

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