The Latest: Norwegian takes the lead in the Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

Norwegian Joar Ulsom is the new leader of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

He was the first musher Monday afternoon to arrive at the checkpoint in Koyuk.

Nic Petit had been the race leader, but Ulsom overtook him when crossing the Bering Sea ice between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints.

Petit is now chasing Ulsom, as is the third place musher, defending champion Mitch Seavey.

Koyuk is about 170 miles (273 kilometers) from the finish line in Nome.


7:03 a.m.

The Iditarod is shaping up to be a three-man race as mushers hug the frozen Bering Sea coast as they head for Nome.

Three mushers have left the checkpoint of Shaktoolik and are heading up the western coast to Koyuk, which is about 170 miles (274 kilometers) from the finish line.

In the lead is France native Nic Petit, who left Shaktoolik early Monday morning about 2 ½ hours ahead of defending champion Mitch Seavey.

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom left Shaktoolik about an hour after Seavey.

The winner of the nearly thousand-mile (1,610-kilometer) race across Alaska is expected in Nome in the next few days.

Sixty-seven mushers started the race March 4 in Willow.

Since then, five have quit the race including Ryan Redington, who scratched Sunday night in Kaltag.