Seavey extends his lead in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey is extending his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

On Monday, Seavey became the first musher to leave the checkpoint in Koyuk, taking off at 4:48 p.m. He had arrived in the village about 12:34 p.m., when he grabbed the lead from veteran musher Aaron Burmeister.

Seavey was the first to reach Koyuk, 123 miles from the finish line in Nome, even though he left the previous checkpoint at Shaktoolik more than an hour behind Burmeister. Seavey arrived three minutes ahead of Burmeister.

Four checkpoints remain for the mushers as they brave the hard-packed trail and chilling North Pacific winds of the Bering Sea coast.

Aliy Zirkle was in third place, Jessie Royer in fourth and two-time champion Mitch Seavey has moved into fifth place Monday afternoon.