Fairbanks musher leads Wyoming race

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2003

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Fairbanks musher Gwen Holdman was holding the lead Monday two days into a major sled dog race in the Lower 48.

Holdman's total time for the Saturday and Sunday stages was four hours, one minute, and 47 seconds. That put her just two seconds ahead of Sam Perrino of Yellowknife, in Canada's Northwest Territories.

The teams did a short race out of Jackson on Saturday, then a 53-mile run out of Dubois, Wyo., Sunday.

Jacques Philip of Nenana was in third place about a minute behind the two leaders. Dan Carter of Jackson, Wyo., was in fourth place, followed by Ken Anderson of Fairbanks.

After Anderson came Melanie Shirilla of Montana, followed by Mike Salvisberg of Bear Creek, Yukon. Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley, Shirilla's husband, was in eighth place.

Twenty-one mushers are in the race, which offers a purse of $100,000. The race is run in daily stages from various communities in Wyoming. The final day of racing is Saturday.

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