The Northland's contingent of Iditarod racers are running relatively together in the race's early stages.
Blake Freking, Finland, is in 81st place. He left the Yentna checkpoint at 7:39 p.m. Sunday with 16 dogs, according to the Iditarod's standings.
His wife, Jennifer Freking, is in 83rd place. She left Yentna at 8:04 p.m. with 16 dogs.
John Stetson is in 84th place. He left Yentna at 8:52 with 16 dogs.
Beargrease champion Jason Barron, Lincoln, Mont., is in 17th place. He left the Skwentna checkpoint at 2:14 a.m. with 16 dogs.
Gerry Willomitzer, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, is currently leading the race, leaving Skwentna at 9:25 p.m. with 16 dogs. A record field of 95 mushers set out Sunday on the 1,150-mile race from Willow, Alaska, to Nome.