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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new leader

March 11, 2011 | 11:48 am

We'll likely see continued leaderboard changes as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race makes its way from Anchorage to Nome. Currently, the musher holding the first position is Sebastian Schnuelle, who grabbed the lead by hitting the trail four minutes after arriving in Anvik Friday morning.

The Anchorage Daily News has been posting profiles of different mushers and their sled-dogs, including the one above of Skunk, one of the Schnuelle's teammates who "knows that she's kind of cute and gets away with a lot," the veteran musher from Whitehorse, Canada, says in the video.

Defending and four-time consecutive champion Lance Mackey is now competing with a reduced team of nine dogs, dropping seven of his 16-dog team thus far. Mackey is still in contention, and is currently listed in fifth place.

Meanwhile, Martin Buser, who has been making tremendous time between checkpoints thus far, has fallen back in the pack and is in seventh.

-- Kelly Burgess

Video credit: Anchorage Daily News