Zirkle regains lead in Iditarod


NOME, Alaska (AP) — There's a new leader in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'kahl) has overcome an hour's deficit and is the first musher into the last checkpoint before the finish line.

Zirkle reached the checkpoint in Safety just before 11 p.m. Monday. There's 22 miles until the finish in Nome.

She had left White Mountain an hour behind four-time champion Jeff King but made up the difference in a nearly seven-hour run.

King's GPS unit hasn't indicated any movement for hours, indicating he's stopped a few miles outside Safety.

Zirkle has finished second in the last two races.

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