SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska — Longtime Montana musher Jessie Royer moved up six playes in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, less than 24 hours after dropping out of the top 10.
The Ennis produce was 14th arriving at the Shaktoolik checkpoint on the Bering Sea, 221 miles from the finish in Nome. Royer, 41, was still within striking distance of the top 10 as she pushed north toward the Eskimo village of Koyuk and the eventual westward turn toward Nome.
Royer still had 12 dogs when she left Shaktoolik at 7:55 p.m. (MST) on the Iditarod's eighth day.
Great Falls rookie Brett Bruggeman remained 44th and was in Kaltag.