- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new leader.

Race officials say Aliy Zirkle (AL’-ee ZUR’-kal), of Two Rivers, Alaska, is the first musher into the Yukon River community of Galena.

Zirkle reached the former mining town at 6:10 a.m. Friday with 14 dogs after a five hour, 52-minute run on the river from Ruby. Zirkle has never won the race but finished second the past two years.

In second place is four-time champion Martin Buser (BOO’-zer), of Big Lake, Alaska. Buser reached Ruby at 6:44 p.m. Thursday, and after resting eight hours, departed at 2:44 a.m. Friday.

Aaron Burmeister of Nome left two hours later in third place. Two-time champion Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway, left Ruby in fourth place about two hours after Burmeister.

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