Auke Bay musher in 63rd

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Auke Bay musher Deborah Molburg-Bicknell survived the opening stages of the race to get to the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 5:08 a.m. Tuesday.

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The 61-year-old Iditarod rookie sits in 63rd position out of the 72 mushers still competing in the race according to the Iditarod's official Web site at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday. She also has 13 dogs in Rainy Pass.

By just reaching Rainy Pass, Molburg-Bicknell already outlasted some major names.

Four-time champion Doug Swingley and DeeDee Jonrowe bowed out before reaching Rainy Pass. Melanie Gould, Randy Cummins, Jacques Philip, Lachlan Clarke and Richard Hum also called it a race before Rainy Pass. Mushers Frank Sihler, Jeff Holt and Butch Austin scratched at Finger Lake.

Up next for Molburg-Bicknell is the Rohn checkpoint, then Nikolai and McGrath. Lance Mackey currently leads the race and is the only musher to leave McGrath as of the latest update.

Skagway musher Hugh Neff sits in 24th place after checking into Nikolai at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday.

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