Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  (AP)   — A Frenchman continues to lead this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint at Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile (1609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome.

Petit, who was last year’s runner-up, now lives in Girdwood, Alaska, a town known more for downhill skiing than mushing. Girdwood is about 40 miles south of Anchorage.

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