Race leader Jay Petervary is almost in Grayling
Race leader Jay Petervary is almost to Grayling. Phil is currently resting in Shageluk.
Kyle Durand is reporting waist deep snow with gale force winds just past the Tolstoi cabin. He is traveling with Adam and Troy. With Beat and Craig leaving McGrath this morning, we now have 12 racers on the trail headed to Nome.
6 more racers remain on the trail in the 350 mile event. Carole and Jill are expected to finish this evening. The twins, Jen and Melissa, and Klaus are also on the way.
Our Nikolai checker Janny Moser has stayed on longer to wait for Thomas Keene in the checkpoint at the community center.
Temperatures have warmed up into the 20's with ice dripping off the roof here in McGrath. It is supposed to get into the 30's later this week in the daytime. The Iditarod sled dog race started yesterday and we expect the first musher to be in McGrath Tuesday night.
Warm temperatures make for mushy soft trails in the daytime, but could freeze up if temperatures drop at night time making it easier to ride.