March 17, 2003


Russell Bybee is once again the last man in the race.

Ellen Halverson scratched from the race sometime during the night.

Having parked himself in the village of Elim since about 7 a.m. Eastern time, Bybee is only 123 miles from Nome. Only three other mushers remain on the trail ahead of him. All three - Frank Sihler of Wasilla, AK; Kelly LaMarre of Geneva, Ill.; and Ben Stamm of Argyle, Wisc. - are checked in at White Mountain, the second-to-last checkpoint on the trail. Of those three, Sihler has already left.

If Bybee makes good time - and his average speed of 7.57 miles per hour indicates his dogs are healthy - he could be in Nome by Tuesday.

Posted by Jeff at March 17, 2003 08:53 AM | TrackBack