Buddy Streeper takes day one of Open North American Championships

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Day one of the Open North American Championships is in the books and the defending champion is off to a hot start.
Buddy Streeper took the top spot for day one, finishing the 20.3 mile course in 65 minutes and 40 seconds. ​
Streeper had 16 dogs in the harness today. ​
Another Canadian musher took second for the opening day, Rookie Anny Malo finished with 16 dogs in 67 minutes and 16 seconds. ​
Fairbanks' own Ricky Taylor took third for the day with a 67 minute 42 second effort. ​
He ran with 16 dogs but he did have one in the bag. ​
The red lantern position for day one belonged to Quebec's Rejean Therrien, who crossed the finish line in 76 minutes and 40 seconds with 17 dogs in the harness. ​
The Open North American will continue tomorrow. ​
The Starting order for the next two days will be based on their finishing order from today. ​
So Buddy Streeper will be the first musher out of the gate tomorrow, while Rejean Therrien will start first on Sunday. ​
There has been a change made for the next two days of the race. ​
Because of the heat on the trail, the race will be starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday rather than the 1pm that was originally scheduled.