Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Brent Sass held the lead after the Takotna checkpoint.
Sass arrived at the checkpoint at 2:43 this morning, and after a three-minute rest was back on the trail.
Travis Beals arrived in Takotna at 4:16 and after an 11-minute rest returned to the trail.
Beals held a small lead over Lance Mackey. He left Takotna at 4:28, just one minute behind Beals.
Mackey is averaging the best time so far averaging 7.66 miles per hour with his sled dog team.