Watch Out Leaders, Here Comes Ramey Smyth

Start slow, finish fast. For years, that has been the style of Willow musher Ramey Smyth, and this year is no different. Smyth, 36, the runner-up last year to John Baker’s fastest Iditarod ever, started this year’s race at a sometime dawdling pace. He was 43rd in Finger Lake, 25th in Cripple.So where was Smyth Monday morning as the racers rolled down the Seward Peninsula anticipating a Tuesday finish in Nome? Seventh. And coming. Smyth was still behind the 10 dogs he’d driven for hundreds of miles. And his speed to Koyuk was second only to another surging musher, Peter Kaiser of Bethel. Read more here:


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