Defending champion Dallas Seavey pulled into White Mountain at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, taking another step toward what would be his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race title.
Seavey averaged 6.3 mph on the trip from Elim and now has a mandatory eight-hour rest before he can set off for Nome. That means he can leave at 6:10 p.m. If he can make the 80-mile trip to Nome in 11 hours, he would reach the finish line about 5 a.m.
Behind him is a familiar face. His father Mitch, also a two-time champion, leapfrogged into second place early Tuesday, leaving the Elim checkpoint at 6:10 a.m., 16 minutes ahead of Aaron Burmeister of Nome.