Lance Mackey Leads Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race

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OPHIR, Alaska (AP) — Four-time consecutive winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Lance Mackey is leading the 1,000-mile race to Nome.

Mackey pulled into the checkpoint at Ophir, Alaska, at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and stayed for 15 minutes before getting his team back on the trail. He last won the race in 2010.

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Musher Jake Berkowitz was in second place early Wednesday. Nicolas Petit was in third.

Ophir was once the center of an important gold-mining district but now is a ghost town. From Ophir, mushers head 90 miles to another ghost town, the checkpoint at Iditarod.

Mushers are approaching the half-way mark in the race, which began Sunday in Willow with 65 teams. Two teams have scratched.

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