Mitch Seavey leading Iditarod, about 200 miles left
Ray Redington, Jr., gives his dogs straw to bed down in Unalakleet on Sunday, March 10, 2013, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)
Aliy Zirkle poles on her way into Unalakleet on Sunday, March 10, 2013, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)
Volunteers hang a banner above the burled arch, which serves as the finish line for the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Monday, March 11, 2013. The race began March 3 in Willow, Alaska, and some race watchers predict a Tuesday finish. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
The 2004 champion left the checkpoint at Shaktoolik at 1:15 a.m. Monday after resting his team for nearly four hours.
However, Aaron Burmeister was not going to allow Seavey to get much of a lead. He followed Seavey out less than an hour later. And, four-time champion Jeff King is in fourth place, just three minutes behind Burmeister.
The finish in Nome now is just a little more than 200 miles away. From Shaktoolik, teams travel across the frozen sea ice and toward Koyuk. This section of trail can be dicey, especially if a blizzard kicks up. Coastal storms have ended more than one musher's dream of arriving first to Nome.
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