The Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race is an annual 1,049 mile race from Anchorage to Nome where mushers and a team of 12-16 dogs make a 9-15 day trudge and must have at least six dogs remaining on their towline when they cross the finish line. The race is currently in the middle of its first week.
The updated standings can be found on the Iditarod's official website. As of Wednesday evening, Martin Buser and his 22-year-old son Rohn Buser were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the standings, respectively. They were the first and only two to have pulled into the Ophir checkpoint. Ally Zirkle, who was the first to check into Takotna, is now ranked No. 5.
Martin Buser has won four Iditarod races and has completed a record 26 races in a row. His son completed the 2008 event.
Coverage of the 2012 Iditarod can be found on the official website. With a subscription, one can track riders by way of GPS and watch video from the various checkpoints. For continued updates throughout the race, you can check out SB Nation's StoryStream.