Nicholas Petit won his third straight Copper Basin 300 sled dog race title on Monday, crossing the finish line in Glennallen at 1:48 p.m. with eight dogs.
Brent Sass of Eureka and his 10-dog team finished 16 minutes later. Ryne Olson of Two Rivers rounded out the top three, finishing at 3:19 p.m.
Aliy Zirkle and Matt Failor were the only other mushers to have finished as of 9 p.m. Monday. Zirkle arrived in Glennallen at 4:21 p.m. Failor finished at 5:49 p.m.
Nine mushers are still on the course.
Of the 27 mushers who started the race Saturday morning in downtown Glennallen, 13 have scratched. Temperatures along the course were frigid, with readings of 55 to 60 below zero reported at the second checkpoint, Sourdough. Several mushers cited the extreme temperatures as the reason they dropped out of the race.
Sass gained 23 minutes on Petit in the final 24 hours of racing.
Petit left the Meier’s Lake checkpoint, located 118 miles from the finish, 39 minutes ahead of Sass. At the Chistochina checkpoint, 50 miles from Glennallen, Sass trailed by only 29 minutes.
The 288-mile loop is a qualifier for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in February and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March.
The 1,000-mile Quest runs between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon, and alternates starts each year. The Iditarod is more than 1,000 miles and goes from Anchorage to Nome.
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