Mitch Seavey closes in on third Iditarod victory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A two-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion has a commanding lead in this year's race.

Mitch Seavey was the first musher to complete a mandatory eight-hour rest and leave the checkpoint in White Mountain on Tuesday morning. He has about a two-hour lead on his nearest competitor - his son and defending champion Dallas Seavey.

White Mountain is 77 miles from the end of the race, and Mitch Seavey could reach the burled arch finish line in Nome as early as Tuesday afternoon.

At 57, he would become the oldest musher to ever win the grueling, nearly thousand-mile race across Alaska. He would beat the record he set when he won the race at age 53 in 2013. He also won the Iditarod in 2004.

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