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At the culmination of an exciting couple of days of racing, Dallas Seavey has claimed his second Iditarod win after overtaking Aliy Zirkle at the Safety checkpoint. He arrived at the famed burled arch in Nome at 4:04 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle slid into Nome 2 minutes and 22 seconds after Seavey to take second place for the third-straight year.
Last year’s champion, Mitch Seavey, is currently in third after leaving the Safety checkpoint at 4:10 a.m. He’s trailed by Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom, and four-time winner Martin Buser.
In a stunning reversal of fortune, four-time champion Jeff King has scratched from the race about 25 miles from the finish line.
The scratch came just hours after King appeared to be cruising to a record-tying fifth win in the nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska.
According to Iditarod officials, King scratched because of severe wind in the area, and he was having trouble navigating the trail.
He had a lead of an hour over second-place Zirkle, but she passed him and was the first musher into the last checkpoint in Safety, about 22 miles from the finish line.
Iditarod officials indicated was waiting out the storm, which included winds of up to 40 mph and blowing snow.