Bethel musher Pete Kaiser took the lead in the Iditarod early this year. Bib number 9 says that it’s because he wanted to take advantage of being one of the first teams on the trail over the Alaska Range.
“I kind of made a point of trying to stay out in the front," he said in the Nikolai checkpoint. "I got a good bib number, and I wanted to stay out in the front in case that trail went to [heck] with a bunch of teams going over it. So I don’t know what it was like for everyone else, but I had a pretty good trail."