There are four teams on the Iditarod trail between White Mountain and Nome today, and Bethel rookie Jessica Klejka is among them. The mushers are each about five miles apart, and Klejka is the last in the group. They were headed towards Safety late this afternoon and should be coming into Nome early tonight.
Bethel’s other rookie musher, Victoria Hardwick, checked out of Koyuk this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. She dropped three dogs at the checkpoint, the first to leave her team since the race began. She is driving 11 dogs to Elim; there are only two mushers behind her still in the race.
So far, 28 mushers have crossed under the burled arch to finish the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.