March 8, 10:00 a.m.
The glass ceiling is back as Aliy Zirkle is no longer in the lead and to find a woman musher in the top ten you have to go to mush past 6 men as the a bunched group of 8 mushers only 1 hour and 17 minutes apart have left Tanana 227 miles from the start in the early morning starting at 1:07 a.m. (hope it is not snowing with a full moon): Wade Marrs, Dallas Seavey, Peter Kaiser, Mitch Seavey, Nicolas Petit, Joar Ulsom, Michelle Phillips and one minute behind in 8th place Aliy Zirkle. The leading rookie in 15th place is Sebastian Vergnaud from Rioux, France. Ray Redington, Jr., the grandson of Joe Redington, Sr., a cofounder of the Iditarod, is in 17th place and has left Tenana at 5:09 this morning; Dee Dee Jenrowe is in 38th place still in Tenana. The Berington twins Anna and Kristy are 45th and 46th arriving in Tenana two minutes apart; rookie Laura Neese only 20 years old has dropped back to 57th ; Cindy Abbot a true inspiration for us all is in 68th place out of Manley; Ellen Halverson has moved out of last place leading the rookie Jimmy Lebling out of Manley by almost 2 ½ hours. Not sure who the very tired looking musher is but he bears a strong resemblance to Paul Ryan during hunting season: