Trail is Smooth and the Dancing is Splendid

Iditarod front-runner Aliy Zirkle walked a pair of huskies to the top of a small hill at this snow-drowned checkpoint Wednesday, looking for signs of soreness in their gait.Zirkle arrived in Takotna the night before, in first place but carrying a tired husky named “Rambler” in her sled. It was the first hiccup in an otherwise flawless race for the Two Rivers musher. Another Zirkle dog, “Nutmeg,” has lost interest in running and would be left at the checkpoint, she said.Read more here:


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