Mike Morgan and Chris Olds have a tiny amount of breathing room in the Iron Dog snowmachine race.
The team was the first to reach Nome with what amounts to a significant cushion in this year’s version of the 2,000-mile race across Alaska, which has been tightly contested since the race began Sunday at Big Lake.
Morgan and Olds, whose lead earlier in the day was one minute, stretched the gap to 25 minutes by Monday afternoon.
They arrived in Nome at 4:37 p.m. and had the place to themselves until 5:02 p.m., when the team of Cory Davis and Ryan Simons arrived.
By 5:47 p.m., five of the 32 teams had reached Nome, where everyone pushes the pause button for 24 hours before beginning the push to the Fairbanks finish line.
Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad pulled in at 5:11 p.m., two-time defending champions Marc McKenna and Dusty Van Meter got there at 5:20 p.m. and Andy George and Brad George arrived at
Scott Davis, father of Cory and a seven-time champion, scratched Tuesday at Galena due to mechanical problems. Six teams have scratched, leaving 32 teams in the field.
The race will end Saturday in Fairbanks.