03/11/15 - 4:48pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A familiar face is leading the Iditarod, and an up-and-coming musher has been disqualified.
Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to leave the checkpoint at Tanana, and was traveling down the Yukon River on the race’s longest stretch between checkpoints. The next checkpoint is in Ruby, 119 miles from Tanana.
She left Tanana, an Athabascan community of 240 residents who live a subsistence lifestyle and located 130 miles west of Fairbanks, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday with all 16 dogs on her team.