Eleven mushers have left the Finger Lake checkpoint. John Baker is running in seventh place. With over 900 miles to go it is anyone’s race to win. So far the weather has been frigid but decent. With highes in the teens and lows around 20 below zero the dogs are in their glory. The racers are just settling into their strategies to cover as much ground as quickly as they can. When will the weather turn brutle with a good old fashioned Alaskan blizzard? Only time will tell.