Jim lanier takes Iditarod lead

Thursday , March 08, 2012 - 2:39 PM

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Jim Lanier has taken the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race but has not yet taken a mandatory 24-hour break.

This is the time in the race where some teams leapfrog to the front. That is because many of the front-runners stayed put in the checkpoint in Takotna while others moved through, choosing to rest their teams elsewhere along the trail.

The 71-year-old Lanier is one of them. Trent Herbst, who also hasn't taken his 24-hour break, is in second place.

The 2004 Iditarod champion, Mitch Seavey, who has completed his 24-hour break, is in third place. He is followed by Aliy Zirkle, who has been leading the race.

By early Thursday, more than a half-dozen mushers were out of the Ophir checkpoint, 623 miles from Nome.

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