Beneath Northern Lights, Zirkle Blows by Seavey on Yukon River

With a full moon rising and vibrant northern lights shimmering again, Mitch Seavey of Sterling leapfrogged into first place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Friday night – only to watch as Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers jumped back in front.As the first slants of daylight hit the long ribbon of ice atop Alaska’s mighty Yukon River Saturday morning, Zirkle was already out a Nulato, a checkpoint ahead of Seavey. She left Nulato at 6:20 a.m., bound for Kaltag, the final checkpoint on the Yukon. Seavey left Galena at 9:20 p.m. Friday but had yet to reach Nulato. Most likely, he chose to stop and rest on the river. Zirkle made the Galena-to-Kaltag run in 6 hours, 20 minutes, and if Seavey duplicated that effort he would have arrived hours ago.Read more here:


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