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Veteran musher takes Iditarod lead

Veteran musher takes Iditarod lead

Aaron Burmeister led the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but others were jockeying to pull ahead on Wednesday.
The Nome musher pulled into the Takotna checkpoint at 2:44 a.m., followed 19 minutes later by Canadian Hugh Neff. Sebastian Schnuelle, fresh off winning the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, arrived at 3:14 a.m.
Defending champ Lance Mackey and former winners Jeff King and Mitch Seavey were close behind.
Takotna was 712 miles (1,145 kilometers) from the finish of the 1,100-mile (1,770-kilometer) race to Nome.
Nancy Yoshida, a 58-year-old rookie, was the second musher to scratch, withdrawing late Tuesday at the Rain Pass checkpoint. That left 65 mushers in the race.


Updated : 2021-04-21 02:00 GMT+08:00