Video: Mitch Seavey tells what he plans to do next

Three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey chats in Takotna while on his 24-hour layover.

"I'm going for it. But going for it in this race might mean pacing yourself just right," Seavey said.

"I have a little bit of a lead I think, I might even give that up a little bit and rest somewhere along here. When you get to the (Bering Sea) coast, if you're within striking range, he who has the best team wins. And Dallas has shown that many times coming from quite a ways back."

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.