Aaron Burmeister First to Cripple, Leads Iditarod

Aaron Burmeister was the first musher to Cripple Wednesday afternoon, about an hour ahead of Jeff King. Burmeister arrived about 3:26 with 13 dogs. King had 15.

Sonny Lindner also reached Cripple Wednesday afternoon. He was racing with 16 dogs.

Paul Gebhardt was in fourth place and out of Ophir. John Baker trailed Gebhardt.

Martin Buser – who has taken his 24-hour mandatory layover was in sixth place and out of Ophir.

Charley Bejna lead the field of rookies. He left Takotna Wednesday night.