Routt County competitors push on in Iditarod race |

Routt County competitors push on in Iditarod race

— Routt County mushers Tom Thurston and Kris Hoffman continued to make their way across the Alaska wilderness in the Iditarod.

The pair have been running close together since starting the race last week, and both were still close Saturday night. Thurston and Hoffman checked into a station at Ophir, spent about three hours Friday night, then hit the trail early Saturday. They were bound for a camp at Iditarod, 90 miles away down what is described as one of the most empty parts of the trail.

Although Ophir marks the mid-way point in the race, difficult sections remain, including long runs down the frozen Yukon River.

Both hung near the back of the pack, as they had planned, hoping to build experience among their dog teams and prepare to be more competitive in future races. Thurston left Ophir with 15 of the 16 dogs he’d started with. Hoffman had 13.

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