Focused Smyth Doesn’t Waste a Second in Pursuit of Zirkle

Ramey Smyth wasted no time getting out of White Mountain late Tuesday morning. Seavey left like he was going on a leisurely run. Zirkle was punctual. But Smyth was meticulous in his departure down to the second.He had his team lined up in the chute — if you can call the intersection of trail and checkpoint start and stop lines “chutes” — close to 10 minutes before his scheduled 10:17 a.m. departure time Tuesday. For the man known for coming from behind, every second counts and he had no intention of wasting any of it with Aliy Zirkle within striking distance. Financially, the difference between first and second is $3,600. Read more here:


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