by Channel 2 News staff
Friday, March 13, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Two-time defending champion Lance Mackey retook the lead in the 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race late Friday night as the trio of competitors who passed him in Anvik presumably settled in for their mandatory eight-hour layovers in Grayling.
Earlier Friday four-time champion Jeff King, Yukon Quest winner Sebastian Schnuelle and Aaron Brumeister were all in and out of Anvik and on their way to Grayling within a three-minute window as Mackey -- who had built a commanding lead over the previous 24 hours -- completed his eight-hour stop.
But none of the three had taken his mandatory eight-hour break along the Yukon River, and as all three arrived within 11 minutes of each other in Grayling it appears they are in for their breaks.