King leads tight Iditarod, first to White Mountain

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four-time champion Jeff King is holding on to the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as the first musher to reach one of the last checkpoints on Alaska’s wind-swept western coast.

On the final stretch of the nearly 1,000-mile race, King arrived at White Mountain with 12 dogs at 7:02 a.m. Monday, followed 57 minutes later by Aliy Zirkle and her 11-dog team.

White Mountain is 77 miles from the finish line in Nome.

Mushers are required to take a mandatory eight-hour layover in White Mountain before heading out in the last stage of the race.

In third place is 2012 winner Dallas Seavey, who left the Elim checkpoint at 2:52 a.m. with eight dogs.

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