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Iditarod Becomes Mad Dash for Nome

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 06:18 AM

 

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It's become a dog race after a strange overnight of events on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

Dallas Seavey and Aliy Zirkle are battling over the last 22 miles of the race to be the first musher to reach the finish line in Nome.

Neither expected to be in this position. Zirkle started the day an hour behind four-time champion Jeff King, and Seavey was nearly two hours behind him.

But King ran into trouble in high winds and blowing snow near Safety and scratched late Monday. Zirkle was the first musher into Safety. But she stayed, apparently to wait out the storm.

Seavey blew through the checkpoint to take the lead early Tuesday morning. Zirkle, who lost to Seavey in 2012, was on the trail 19 minutes later.

Seavey had seven dogs left on his team; Zirkle had 10.

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