Last evening at the checkpoint in Elim, with the last 123 miles left to run, the leaders are changing. Currently, 2004 Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey is in the lead followed by Aliy Zirkle (both down to 10 dogs) followed by Jeff King and Ray Reddington Jr. Nome favorite Aaron Burmeister was in 6th position, behind Dallas Seavey (who is down to 8 dogs). They all started with teams of 16 dogs.
Elim with a population of 330 is located next to Norton Bay. It is currently 7 degrees in Elim with a windchill that makes it feels like negative 9 degrees.