Ken Anderson and Lance Mackey have made it a race.
The two leading mushers in this year’s Yukon Quest arrived in Carmacks at 10:40 a.m. Monday.
Only three minutes separated the two competitors after a 14-hour, 169-kilometre sprint to the village from Stepping Stone.
Anderson is a accomplished Iditarod racer who is no stranger to long-haul mushing.
Mackey is also known for back-to-back 160-kilometre runs.
In Fairbanks, they are neighbours, but not friends.
It is looking like a 285-kilometre race to the finish.
They are expected into Whitehorse no later than noon on Wednesday.