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Zirkle takes lead Iditarod sled dog race

Woman takes lead in Iditarod sled race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Last year’s runner-up in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race grabbed the lead in the 1,000-mile trek.

Aliy Zirkle was the first to leave the Yukon River village of Anvik, departing at 7:21 a.m. Friday. Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser was first into the checkpoint at 2:17 a.m. Friday.

Buser took a mandatory eight-hour break there, while Zirkle left one minute after arriving.

She has not taken the eight-hour layover that’s required at any checkpoint on the frozen Yukon River.

– Associated Press