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Mushers begin second day of Iditarod race

March 10, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began the second day of competition with musher Nicolas Petit in the early lead.

Petit was the first to arrive at the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles (259 kilometers) into the race. He checked in at 3:01 a.m. Tuesday, followed 69 minutes later by four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser. Former Yukon Quest champion Hugh Neff pulled into the checkpoint four minutes later.

A field of 78 mushers began the trek Monday from Fairbanks to the old gold rush town of Nome.

The race usually kicks off 225 miles (362 kilometers) south. A lack of snow led organizers to move the start farther north.

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