by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Imagine getting to Nome in a little more than two days: On an Iron Dog, it's possible.
Front runners in the world's longest snowmachine race reached the halfway point Tuesday evening. Chris Olds and Tyler Huntington set the pace as first-time partners.
The duo arrived in Nome at 7:28 Tuesday evening, an hour and 41 minutes ahead of defending champs Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad. Teams have a mandatory layover in Nome.
The team of Steven Spence and rookie Doug Dixon are third.
John Bahnke and Brad Reich were fifth earlier in the day but scratched in Unalakleet.
Meanwhile, 2009 runners-up Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad are back in Galena with sled repairs. They are in 20th.