Iron Dog racers roar toward Nome

A pair of Peninsula snowmachiners were in the thick of the Iron Dog as the 2,031-mile snowmachine race across Alaska neared its halfway point in Nome.

Kasilof’s Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna of Anchorage, the defending champions, were in fourth place Monday night. They were taking their eight-hour layover in Galena, a checkpoint they reached at 4:36 p.m.

Just six minutes later, Soldotna’s Scott Davis and Wasilla’s Todd Palin roared into Galena and also declared an eight-hour layover.

The leaders were Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson, who blew past Galena and instead took an eight-hour layover in Kaltag. They reached Kaltag at 5:05 p.m. Kaltag is 98 miles from Galena. From there, it is 362 miles to Nome.

Racers are competing for a first prize of $50,000 and a total purse of $200,000.

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