Wasilla's Nick Olstad and Todd Minnick were the first team to reach Nome on Tuesday in the 1,971-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.
The duo arrived in Nome in 22 hours, 26 minutes, eight seconds, about 44 minutes faster than the team of Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad, who arrived on the west coast of Alaska in 23:10.08.
Defending champions Scott Davis, of Soldotna, and Todd Palin, of Wasilla, made it to Nome in 23:47.07 and were followed by Eric Quam and Marc McKenna, who made it in 23:57.33; Shane Barber and Evan Booth, who needed 25:27.57 to reach Nome; Matthew Spernak and Chris Olds (25:35:50); Andy George and Dwayne Drake (26:12.42); and Tyler Huntington and Pete Demoski (27:57.43). As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, two other teams were headed toward Nome, while five teams had declared layovers at White Mountain.
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