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Millennium Hotel Anchorage chef Bobby Sidro prepares a five-course dinner for Jeff King, the first musher into the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby, during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday evening, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, Ak., comes into the checkpoint of Cripple during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., gives a pill to one of his team dogs at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Kelly Maixner of Big Lake, Ak., puts a bootie back on Chanty after his sled dog removed it at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
One of Iditarod musher Mitch SeaveyÕs team dogs licks its paw at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication onto the leg of Snowball at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News An Iditarod musher travels through the spruce forest between the checkpoints of Cripple and Ruby during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication into ShrekÕs leg at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey of Seward, Ak., comes into the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit, from Girdwood, Ak., changes the plastic on his runners for the first time in the race at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod veterinarian Paul Pifer of Sylvania, Oh., examines the wheel dogs of Mike Williams Jr. at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit of Girdwood, Ak., and his sled dog team leaves the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mitch Seavey packs some straw into his sled bag at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
Former Iditarod executive director and former Ruby resident Raine Hall shares the five-course meal with Jeff King after he was the first musher to reach the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. A chef from the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage prepared the meal.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod Air Force pilot Wes Erb loads dropped dogs into his Cessna 180 at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson cuddles with one of her sled dogs at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dog team of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, veers off to visit the dogs of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, as Moore leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A dog of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, rests on a bed of straw at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, gets his dog team ready to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hatchet sits and waits for his turn for a walk as musher Karin Hendrickson returns with Muddy at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dogs of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, howl as they prepare to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Lisa Frederic reacts while watching a video of Iditarod musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Frederic saidî I ran the race in 2002 when there was snow as a rookie and I was terrifiedî talking about going down the Dalzell Gorge.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Millennium Hotel Anchorage chef Bobby Sidro prepares a five-course dinner for Jeff King, the first musher into the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby, during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday evening, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, Ak., comes into the checkpoint of Cripple during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., gives a pill to one of his team dogs at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Kelly Maixner of Big Lake, Ak., puts a bootie back on Chanty after his sled dog removed it at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
One of Iditarod musher Mitch SeaveyÕs team dogs licks its paw at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication onto the leg of Snowball at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News An Iditarod musher travels through the spruce forest between the checkpoints of Cripple and Ruby during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication into ShrekÕs leg at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey of Seward, Ak., comes into the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit, from Girdwood, Ak., changes the plastic on his runners for the first time in the race at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod veterinarian Paul Pifer of Sylvania, Oh., examines the wheel dogs of Mike Williams Jr. at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit of Girdwood, Ak., and his sled dog team leaves the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mitch Seavey packs some straw into his sled bag at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
Former Iditarod executive director and former Ruby resident Raine Hall shares the five-course meal with Jeff King after he was the first musher to reach the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. A chef from the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage prepared the meal.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod Air Force pilot Wes Erb loads dropped dogs into his Cessna 180 at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson cuddles with one of her sled dogs at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dog team of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, veers off to visit the dogs of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, as Moore leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A dog of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, rests on a bed of straw at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, gets his dog team ready to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hatchet sits and waits for his turn for a walk as musher Karin Hendrickson returns with Muddy at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dogs of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, howl as they prepare to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Lisa Frederic reacts while watching a video of Iditarod musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Frederic saidî I ran the race in 2002 when there was snow as a rookie and I was terrifiedî talking about going down the Dalzell Gorge.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Millennium Hotel Anchorage chef Bobby Sidro prepares a five-course dinner for Jeff King, the first musher into the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby, during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday evening, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, Ak., comes into the checkpoint of Cripple during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., gives a pill to one of his team dogs at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Kelly Maixner of Big Lake, Ak., puts a bootie back on Chanty after his sled dog removed it at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
One of Iditarod musher Mitch SeaveyÕs team dogs licks its paw at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication onto the leg of Snowball at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News An Iditarod musher travels through the spruce forest between the checkpoints of Cripple and Ruby during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Ray Redington Jr. of Wasilla, Ak., rubs medication into ShrekÕs leg at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey of Seward, Ak., comes into the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit, from Girdwood, Ak., changes the plastic on his runners for the first time in the race at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod veterinarian Paul Pifer of Sylvania, Oh., examines the wheel dogs of Mike Williams Jr. at the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Nicolas Petit of Girdwood, Ak., and his sled dog team leaves the Cripple checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mitch Seavey packs some straw into his sled bag at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Seavey did not rest at the checkpoint.
Bob Hallinen
Former Iditarod executive director and former Ruby resident Raine Hall shares the five-course meal with Jeff King after he was the first musher to reach the Yukon River checkpoint of Ruby during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. A chef from the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage prepared the meal.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod Air Force pilot Wes Erb loads dropped dogs into his Cessna 180 at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hugh Neff drives his dog team out of the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson cuddles with one of her sled dogs at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dog team of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, veers off to visit the dogs of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, as Moore leaves the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A dog of Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, rests on a bed of straw at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Ralph Johannessen, from Dagali, Norway, gets his dog team ready to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Hatchet sits and waits for his turn for a walk as musher Karin Hendrickson returns with Muddy at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
The dogs of Iditarod musher Allen Moore, from Two Rivers, AK, howl as they prepare to leave the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Lisa Frederic reacts while watching a video of Iditarod musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Frederic saidî I ran the race in 2002 when there was snow as a rookie and I was terrifiedî talking about going down the Dalzell Gorge.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Karin Hendrickson reacts while watching a video of fellow musher Jeff King driving his dog team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bob Hallinen

From Beth Bragg in Anchorage --

In 2011 when John Baker of Kotzebue set the record, he left Koyuk at roughly 3 a.m. Monday. 

Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion and current leader Jeff King of Denali Park, and Gold Coast award winner Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers, left Koyuk at 6 p.m. Sunday.

That time puts King and Zirkle nine hours ahead of Baker's record-setting speed to Nome. The current Iditarod speed record: 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds.

Baker finished at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday. If that nine-hour gap remains, someone's in Nome around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

This graphic shows the top-10 fastest finishes in Iditarod's history.


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