Dallas Seavey has the 2012 Iditarod "sewn up," this according to a man who might know, Mitch Seaevy, 2004 champion. "He knows how to do, and that's run dogs."
With only a few checkpoints remaining, Dallas Seavey is leading the Iditarod, pulling out of Elim at 7:25 p.m. ET Monday night, almost three hours ahead of Ally Zirkle. Seavey spent just six minutes in Elim before pressing on toward Golovin, the last stop before White Mountain and its eight-hour layover.
But the race is far from over -- While the official times show Seavey leaving well before Zirkle, it doesn't show that he stopped just 20 minutes outside of town to rest his team there, out of sight from the other mushers. Just more head games in the Iditarod writes former musher Sebastian Schnuelle:
As soon as Dallas had left his camp spot, Aliy Zirkle came around the corner, urging her dogs to keep on going. They also looked focused. Those two will have a hell of a race to White Mountain. Apperantly at some point to Elim, Aliy had already caught Dallas once. And both have to look over their shoulder for Ramey Smyth!
Indeed, recent GPS readings showed that Zirkle was just one mile behind Seavey. And as the race between those two heats up, they'll both be keeping an eye on Ramey Smyth who has come all the way back from 30th place to third, hot on the trail of the two leaders.