Wassilie left the final checkpoint at Tuluksak with a 20 minute edge on Harry Alexie and Jackie Larson. He checked through his team of nine dogs at 5:58 Saturday morning and began the final 50.5 miles into Bethel. Alexie and Larson left Tuluksak at 6:19 and 6:20 respectively. Alexie dropped one dog to make an eight dog team, and Larson dropped to a seven dog team. John George left in striking distance of 2nd place with a 7 dog team at 6:26.
Ten teams started the race Friday at 5 p.m. and all teams are still on the trail. According to GPS trackers, the red lantern was Joan Klejka, a 15-year-old rookie from Bethel. She checked into Tuluksak close to 9 a.m.