ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former champion Mitch Seavey reached the Yukon River city of Galena and leads the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The Seward, Alaska, musher is a two-time champion and the father of current champ Dallas Seavey.
Mitch Seavey left Ruby at 1 a.m. Thursday. He followed the Yukon River to reach Galena at 5:34 a.m., traveling at just over 9 mph behind 16 dogs.
Joar Lefseth Ulsom of Norway was the second musher into Galena. He left Ruby at 12:32 a.m. and reached Galena nearly an hour after Seavey with 14 dogs.
Nicolas Petit was in third place. He reached Ruby at 7:25 a.m.
Four other mushers also have left Ruby, including Hugh Neff, Peter Kaiser, Ray Redington Jr. and Jeff King.
The nearly 1,000-mile race began Monday in Fairbanks.