Zirkle First Musher To Reach Galena

Aliy Zirkle is the first Iditarod musher to pull into Galena, arriving shortly before 4 this afternoon.

She is followed by Mitch and Dallas Seavey, who are running around 8 miles apart between the Ruby and Galena checkpoints.

Mushers near the front have been making longer runs with shorter rest, which some of them did not expect to do already in the race.

But the musher with a plan to avoid checkpoints caused the biggest stir at Ruby on Friday.

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