ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race pushed through the halfway point with the top five teams making into Ruby on Friday morning.
Mitch Seavey was the first to arrive at 6:00 a.m., but Aliy Zirkle checked in hours later at 8:55 a.m. and then hit the trails at 9:04 a.m. making her the early race leader on Friday morning.
Nome’s Aaron Burmeister cracked the top five list by making it into Ruby at 9:05 a.m. Friday, and it’s worth noting he still has his full roster of sixteen dogs where as the rest of the leaderboard has dropped one or two dogs.
On Thursday, two other mushers scratched trimming down the field to sixty-three teams aiming to finish in Nome.
Ryan Redington, of Wasilla, scratched in Takotna at 9:30 a.m. Thursday due to personal reasons , according to Iditarod race officials. His grandfather was Joe Redington, Sr., Father of the Iditarod, and his older Ray Redington, Jr. remains in the race.
Wade Marrs, of Wasilla, scratched in Ophir shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday due to concern for his dogs.
Mitch Seavey won the "First Musher to the Yukon Award" for being the first to check into Ruby and has won $3,000 for his efforts.
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