In a surprise to no one, Lance Mackey, who has won the race four times (2007-10), is the leader nearing the midpoint of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Mackey was the first musher to pull into the checkpoint in Ophir, Alaska. Mackey arrived around 5:30 a.m. PST Wednesday and rested for 15 minutes before heading back out on the trail.
Jake Berkowitz arrived in Ophir second and Nicolas Petit third.
The lead mushers are a little over 400 miles into the race.
Sixty-five mushers started the race Sunday and only two have dropped out so far.