Dallas Seavey holds Iditarod lead

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Dallas Seavey is leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as the front runners prepare for the sprint to Nome and the finish line.

Seavey arrived at the checkpoint in White Mountain very early Tuesday.

Aliy Zirkle got to the checkpoint 77 miles from Nome about one hour and 15 minutes later. Mushers are required to rest their teams for eight hours in White Mountain before heading to Nome.

Zirkle's team is moving faster than Seavey's but she is running out of time to catch him.

Sixty-six teams began the nearly 1,000-mile race on March 4. Fifty-seven teams remain in the race.

Ramey Smyth was in third place Tuesday morning, followed by Aaron Burmeister, Peter Kaiser and defending champion John Baker. The winner is expected in Nome on Tuesday tonight.