Iditarod Tails March 15, 2017 5:00 p.m.
The mushers continue to pour into Nome with 16 having crossed the finish line looking forward to a hot meal and a warm bed after more than a week of mushing in the Alaskan wilderness. Five have left the last checkpoint before Nome Safety, 22 miles from Nome and its balmy 6 degrees falling to an estimated -9 degrees. Nine have left White Mountain (77 miles to go to Nome) and 5 have entered but have not left Elim yet including Martin Buser who is in 31st Place and he remains in 31st place all mushers who finish after him will receive the same $1049 payment if they finish. Cindy Abbott is no longer in last place and into Unalakleet 261 miles from Nome and pursued by three male rookies. She probably has another 3-4 days on the trail. 6 mushers have scratched.