ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Iditarod musher Robert Bundtzen took the lead on the Iditarod trail Monday as he passed race leaders who were stopped in Rainy Pass and was the first musher to Rohn.
Bundtzen, who has run the race 12 times, checked in to Rohn at 5:17 p.m. Monday. Racers have not yet had their times adjusted due to the staggered start.
Joining Bundtzen on the trail towards Rohn just under an hour later was Paul Gebhardt, who stopped in Rainy Pass for more than four hours. Lance Mackey, Ray Redington Jr., Sebastian Schnuelle and Hans Gatt all also stopped at the checkpoint for hours.
Mackey, who led the race going into Rainy Pass, is now (as of 5:23 p.m. Monday) in fourth position behind Bundtzen, Gebhardt and Redington.