3-time champion Nic Petit leads Copper Basin 300 canine groups into Meier’s Lake


Nic Petit, the Girdwood musher who has received the final three Copper Basin 300 championships, was the primary musher to achieve Meier’s Lake on Sunday, the second day of racing.

Petit arrived at 12:05 p.m., driving a workforce of 12 canine. Second to reach, at 12:38 p.m., was Julie Ahnen of Nenana with 11 canine.

A area of 33 racers left the beginning line Friday in Glennallen, the place the 288-mile race will finish someday Monday.

Meier’s Lake is 170 miles into the race and 68 miles from the subsequent checkpoint at Chistochina. After that, it’s 50 miles to the end line again in Glennallen.

Two of the race’s high groups reached Meier’s Lake in sixth and seventh place — Matt Corridor of Two Rivers received there at 3:21 p.m. and 2018 Iditarod champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway received there at 3:23. Each have been nonetheless driving full groups of 12 canine.

Corridor and Ulsom are value noting as a result of each served their necessary six-hour layovers again in Sourdough, the race’s second checkpoint. Petit, Ahnen and everybody else who reached Meier’s Lake forward of these two had but to take their necessary six-hour relaxation.

Mushers should take a complete of 18 hours in layovers, together with one six-hour relaxation at a checkpoint of their alternative. Begin differentials are made up wherever a workforce takes its six-hour break.

The opposite 12 hours of relaxation time can come at any checkpoint however should be taken in increments of half-hour. Out of Sourdough, Ulsom had performed 10.5 hours of layovers and Corridor had performed 10. Petit and Ahnen every had performed eight, and early Sunday night it appeared like each have been taking their six-hour breaks at Meier’s Lake.

From Glennallen, the race goes to Lake Louise, Sourdough, Meier’s Lake and Chistochina earlier than ending in Glennallen on the Outdated Paths Baptist Church.

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