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Race Leaders Leave White Mountain For Safety, Nome

By | March 12, 2013

Mitch Seavey prepares for the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

Mitch Seavey prepares for the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.

Mitch Seavey left the Iditarod checkpoint of White Mountain at 1:11 this afternoon. Aliy Zirkle followed 13 minutes later. According to GPS, she is currently running about one mile behind Seavey.  Seavey is a former Iditarod champion. Zirkle’s best finish in the race was second, last year.

By 6:30 tonight, the tightly grouped top ten mushers in the field should all be on the final stretch of trail to Nome. APRN trail reporter Emily Schwing talked to the top mushers as they rested today in White Mountain. She says Seavey says he isn’t going to push his dogs too much on the final run.

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