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15-year Iditarod veteran takes lead from defending champion

15-year Iditarod veteran Aaron Burmeister takes lead back from defending champ Dallas Seavey

Aaron Burmeister leaves the Unalakleet checkpoint in the Iditarod on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Burmeister was first to arrive and second to leave, after...
Aaron Burmeister leaves the Unalakleet checkpoint in the Iditarod on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Burmeister was first to arrive and second to leave, after...

Iditarod

Aaron Burmeister leaves the Unalakleet checkpoint in the Iditarod on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Burmeister was first to arrive and second to leave, after...

Iditarod

Aaron Burmeister leaves the Unalakleet checkpoint in the Iditarod on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Burmeister was first to arrive and second to leave, after...

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Aaron Burmeister has reclaimed the lead in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, beating defending champion Dallas Seavey out of one of the last checkpoints by more than an hour.

Burmeister left the Shaktoolik checkpoint at 3:48 a.m. Monday, followed by Seavey at 5:08 a.m.

Five checkpoints remain for the mushers as they brave the hard-packed 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trail and chilling North Pacific winds of the Bering Sea coast. Shaktoolik is 171 miles (275 kilometers) from the finish in Burmeister's hometown of Nome.

Burmeister is a 15-year Iditarod veteran who has never finished higher than fourth. He took the lead Sunday and was the first to reach Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast.

On Monday morning, Seavey's father, Mitch Seavey, was in third place, followed by Aliy Zirkle in fourth and Jessie Royer in fifth.


Updated : 2021-09-22 06:40 GMT+08:00