Dallas Seavey maintains Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Dallas Seavey arrived at the checkpoint in Koyuk about an hour-and-a-half ahead of Aliy Zirkle in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but his team is moving slower than hers.

The 25-year-old son of 2004 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey arrived at 3:17 a.m. Monday, with Zirkle arriving at 4:53 a.m. The Koyuk checkpoint is 123 miles from the race finish in Nome.

Zirkle had been leading the race, but Dallas Seavey made a move Sunday, overtaking Zirkle and erasing what was a strong lead. Aaron Burmeister moved into third place. Defending champion John Baker now is in fourth.

Mitch Seavey is in fifth place. He said before the race that he had a better team and was more experienced than his son but described Dallas as “fiercely competitive.”