Musher Mitch Seavey reaches Galena, leads Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Former champion Mitch Seavey reached the Yukon River city of Galena and leads the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Seward, Alaska, musher is a two-time champion and the father of current champ Dallas Seavey.

Mitch Seavey left Ruby at 1 a.m. Thursday. He followed the Yukon River to reach Galena at 5:34 a.m., traveling at just over 9 mph behind 16 dogs.

Joar Lefseth Ulsom of Norway was the second musher into Galena. He left Ruby at 12:32 a.m. and reached Galena nearly an hour after Seavey with 14 dogs.

Nicolas Petit was in third place. He reached Ruby at 7:25 a.m.

Four other mushers also have left Ruby, including Hugh Neff, Peter Kaiser, Ray Redington Jr. and Jeff King.

The nearly 1,000-mile race began Monday in Fairbanks.

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