Ryan Redington leads Iditarod, first musher to reach Nikolai
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A grandson of the "father of the Iditarod" is in the lead on the race's third day.
Thirty-five-year-old Ryan Redington of Wasilla, grandson of Joe Redington, pulled into the village of Nikolai (NIK-oh-leye) just after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Nikolai is the first Alaska Native village on the route from Willow to Nome.
Redington started the race with 16 dogs and reached the checkpoint with 13.
Sixty-seven teams began the race Sunday.
The trail winds over frozen lakes and rivers, through mountain passes and over trails once used for delivery of mail and supplies to mining communities.
Reigning champion Mitch Seavey was listed in second place. Seavey left the Rohn checkpoint just before 7:30 p.m. Monday for the 75-mile (120-kilometer) leg to Nikolai.
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