Allen and the SPK Black Team are on their way to the finish line, with speedy Ryne Olson hot on their tails. A 26-minute lead can wither in a hurry during the last, long stint. Matt Hall has not yet checked into Mendeltna, which means he is now well behind the lead. I have no ready explanation for that until I see his run time from Tolsona, but he has already taken all his required rest and will (probably) not stop in Mendeltna.
The rest of the field is pretty steady, with the next four teams all within about an hour of each other. You can bet they are all chomping at the bit to finish their required rests and hit the trail, especially Aliy whose young Red Team is putting in an excellent performance.
The next few hours should be exciting… Go SPK!