Iditarod Becomes Test of Stamina for Leaders

The Yukon River can be dull for a dog.No twists and turns. Just a flat, snowy desert interrupted by islands of spruce and willow trees. Scenery that can lull a musher to sleep after seven days on the Iditarod Trail.”About five miles ago we had a collective ‘Holy crumb, we’re tired’ moment,” Iditarod leader Aliy Zirkle said Saturday, shortly after becoming the first racer to arrive at this riverside village checkpoint.Her knees buckled with fatigue as she stood on the runners about five miles from the town, Zirkle said. The dogs nodded off even as they ran the frozen river.Read more here:


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