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Top teams target Zirkle

By KTVA Sports 5:56 PM March 9, 2014

The top five teams arrived in Koyuk Sunday afternoon

SHAKTOOLIK – Dallas Seavey thinks Iditarod 42 frontrunner Aliy Zirkle can be caught, and he might be the one to do it.

Passing through Shaktoolik Sunday morning, Seavey said the right strategy could still mean victory for his team. He was in fourth place by the time his nine-dog team reached Koyuk Sunday evening, 171 miles from the finish line and close behind the top three mushers.

“We’re going to cross the finish line with the last drop of fuel at max speed, and that’s the idea,” Seavey said. “That’s a perfectly run race.”

The veteran musher, who won the race in 2012 and became the youngest competitor to ever do so, said he hopes to take the lead through the right combination of strategic rest and circumstance.

“I think all of us would be happy, honestly, to see Aliy win this race,” Seavey said. “Just not this year.”

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