Mike Morgan of Nome and Chris Olds of Eagle River were leading the Iron Dog on Thursday night.
Olds, a two-time champion, and Morgan arrived at Kaltag at 2:27 p.m. Thursday and took their 10-hour layover.
Told that Soldotna ski coach Dan Harbison said that skiers would be ready for any conditions at the state meet due to this winter's checkered weather, Skyview coach Kent Peterson agreed before checking the forecast.
"Except for snow," Peterson said.
The Iron Dog reached its halfway point in Nome on Tuesday, with race leaders Mike Morgan of Nome and Chris Olds of Eagle River reaching the halfway point of the 2,000-mile race at 4:37 p.m.
At 5:02 p.m.
The Tsalteshi Trails Association will host the first-ever Fuzzy Predator 11K race Sunday at the trails behind Skyview High School.
The race will be done on the trails named after fuzzy predators. There will be a freestyle and a classic race.
The Midwest squad lost its first game Tuesday at the North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament in Michigan. Vincent Stefan, Jake Davidson and Conor Deal of the Brown Bears all play for the Midwest squad. None had a point Tuesday.
The 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmachine race started Sunday in Big Lake. The 37 teams will go to Nome and then to Fairbanks, arriving at the finish Saturday.
Dusty VanMeter of Kasilof and Marc McKenna of Anchorage are going for a third-straight title.