DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) -- Four Alaska mushers are racing in the 7th annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming, which began Saturday.
The 11-day race through Wyoming's back country is a qualifier for the Iditarod.
Melanie Shirilla of Lincoln, Mont., was leading the race Monday with her partner, four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swing-ley, four minutes behind her.
Ken Anderson of Fairbanks was in third place, 10 minutes behind Swingley. Jacques Philip of Nenana was in sixth place, John Schandelmeier of Paxson was in 10th and 17-year-old Hannah Moderow of Anchorage was in 12th place.
A total of 18 mushers are running in the race, which will end on Feb. 6 in Teton Village. The winner will collect $20,000.
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