Top Iditarod sled dog racers 171 miles from Nome

Mar 14 2011 - 2:38pm


ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- John Baker of Kotzebue was first out of the Koyuk checkpoint early Monday, only 171 miles from the finish line at Nome in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

He had arrived late Sunday night about 1 1/2 hours ahead of Hans Gatt of Whitehorse, Yukon, and Ramey Smyth of Willow.

Defending four-time champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks is 13th in the standings on the race website.

Part of the trail to the next checkpoint at Elim runs over Norton Sound sea ice.

The Iditarod began March 5 with 62 teams. Ten have scratched or withdrawn.------



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