Monday, March 12, 2012

Monster unleashed

For many miles now, Dallas Seavey has hinted that he has been holding back his team, waiting to release the "monster". Well that monster has been released as he has reeled off a couple of monster runs to put his team at the forefront of the Iditarod sled dog race. First his team covered the 85 miles from Kaltag to Unalakleet on the coast in 11:42, a full hour less then his nearest competitor Aaron Burmeister and almost 2 hours faster then race leader at the time Aliy Zirkle. Then after taking a 4:22 break he covered the 90 miles to Koyuk in 15:29 with a few snack breaks along the way. With the second place team of Aliy Zirkle approaching the Koyuk checkpoint, it looks like Dallas could have up to a 1.5 hour lead with 171 miles left in the race.

Further back on the trail, one time lead contender Jeff King has dropped out of the race short of the Unalakleet checkpoint when his dogs decided they were no longer interested in the race. Rookie of the year contender Josh Cadzow has dropped for a similar reason. Young Kuskokwim River native Pete Kaiser has pulled into the 6th position and Ramey Smyth who always seems to have fast runs up the coast has willed his team into the conversation by moving into the 7th. Either one of those teams could help determine the outcome of the CVIB pool.

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