ANCHORAGE, Alaska —
Two mushers with decades of experience followed later Saturday morning.
Sonny Lindner, 64, who has completed 18 Iditarods since 1978, reached Kaltag at 6:30 a.m., rested for two hours and departed at 8:32 a.m. The best finish for the Two Rivers musher was second in 1981.
Four-time champion Jeff King, 58, of Denali, Alaska, reached Kaltag at 8:23 a.m. He stayed just nine minutes and followed Lindner out at 8:32 a.m.
Unalakleet is 261 miles from the finish line in Nome.
The National Weather Service predicted mostly clear skies with lows of zero to 10 below and northeast winds 10 to 20 mph for eastern Norton Sound and the Nulato Hills north of Unalakleet.
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