The Iron Dog, a 2,031-mile snowmachine race across Alaska, blasted out of Big Lake on Sunday.
By nightfall, the leaders were taking a 14-hour layover in McGrath. The leaders are Mike Morgan and Chris Olds, with a trail time of 7 hours, 59 minutes and 0 seconds.
The Peninsula has two racers in the Pro Class. The defending champions are Dusty VanMeter of Kasilof and Marc McKenna of Anchorage. They were in McGrath in fifth place with a trail time of 8:31:03. VanMeter is a four-time champ.
Just behind VanMeter and McKenna, in sixth place, were Scott Davis of Soldotna and Todd Palin of Wasilla, with a trail time of 8:39:44. Davis has won the race seven times.
Racers are competing for a first prize of $50,000 and a total purse of $200,000.