Jim Lanier was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint at just before 2 this afternoon. He has not yet taken his 24-hour layover though, so Mitch Seavey – who arrived in Cripple 20 minutes later, is leading the race. Dallas Seavey is also in Cripple. According to GPS, John Baker, Lance Mackey, Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle are close behind.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which is run on a trail that was first in use 100 years ago. APRN’s Anne Hillman caught up with veteran mushers in Takotna as they reflected on lessons learned in races past.
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