ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Idaho musher Trent Herbst was the first musher to the halfway point of the Iditarod, the fittingly-named Iditarod checkpoint, but while he leads the race on the trail, he won't for long.
Herbst, Kelley Griffin and Cim Smyth all surpassed the lead pack Wednesday, but while they continued on the trail, about 30 other mushers took their mandatory 24-hour layovers and are now back on the trail.
Herbst and Griffin are in Iditarod, according to the Iditarod’s standings page, and Smyth is on the trail from Ophir to Iditarod.
Soon to be hot on their tails is four-time champion Martin Buser, who has completed his layover and was the first musher to McGrath. Buser holds the race’s record finish time and has only dropped one dog throughout the race. Buser left Ophir at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.