Iditarod musher Robert Bundtzen took the lead on the Iditarod trail Monday as he passed race leaders who were stopped in Rainy Pass and was the first musher to Rohn.
Bundtzen, who has run the race 12 times, checked in to Rohn at 5:17 p.m. Monday. Racers have not yet had their times adjusted due to the staggered start.
Joining Bundtzen on the trail towards Rohn just under an hour later was Paul Gebhardt, who stopped in Rainy Pass for more than four hours. Lance Mackey, Ray Redington Jr., Sebastian Schnuelle and Hans Gatt all also stopped at the checkpoint for hours.
Mackey, who led the race going into Rainy Pass, is now (as of 5:23 p.m. Monday) in fourth position behind Bundtzen, Gebhardt and Redington.
Also on the trail from Rainy Pass to Rohn are Hugh Neff, Martin Buser, Schnuelle, Hans Gatt, Gerry Willomitzer, Bruce Linton, Mitch Seavey, Sonny Lindner and Nicolas Petit, who is currently the race’s top rookie.
The Top 36 teams have made it into Rainy Pass, though the rest have yet to move on, according to the Iditarod’s current standings page.