Iditarod Leaders Heading Back Through McGrath

Mar 12, 2021

Dallas Seavey leaving the Iditarod checkpoint on March 11, 2021. As of March 12, Seavey was leading the pack of mushers returning to Willow.
Credit Zachariah Hughes / ADN

The pace in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been grueling and fast. On March 12, Dallas Seavey was the first musher to return to McGrath on his way to the finish line. He stopped and rested his team in McGrath, where he may be taking his remaining required 8-hour rest.

Chasing him, with their 24-hour rests completed, are Brent Sass and Wade Marrs. However, neither of them had not got as far as Takotna by the morning of March 12.

Still resting in Ophir this morning was Ryan Redington, along with Y-K Delta mushers Richie Diehl and Pete Kaiser. Also at that checkpoint is Joar Leifseth Ulsom. All those teams arrived within minutes of each other between 6:12 a.m. and 6:36 a.m. on March 12. Of the front runners, only Redington has completed all of the required rests. The others must still complete an 8-hour rest at some point.