Petit takes early lead en route to Rainy Pass

Nicolas Petit at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Ben Matheson)
Nicolas Petit at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Ben Matheson)

Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit has taken an early lead in the 2016 Iditarod.

He’s approaching the Rainy Pass checkpoint, which stands 153 miles into the race.

Aliy Zirkle from Two Rivers, Big Lake’s Kelly Maixner and Willow musher Dallas Seavey trail Petit, as they make their way from Finger Lake to Rainy Pass.

The rest of the pack is spread from Skwentna to Finger Lake.

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