Nicolas Petit re-takes Iditarod lead

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - We have yet another lead change to report in the 2019 Iditarod.
While Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to reach the halfway point, which is also named Iditarod, she was not the first Musher to leave.
Zirkle arrived in Iditarod at about 1:38 this morning to become the first musher to check into the Halfway point.
She was awarded the Dorothy G. Page Halfway award, and the $3,000 worth of Gold Nuggets that come with it.
While Zirkle was resting at Iditarod, Nicolas Petit checked in and out of the Checkpoint in only nine minutes to re-take the lead.
Unlike Zirkle, Petit has already completed his Mandatory 24 hour layover.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom also left the checkpoint late this afternoon to take over third place.
He has also used his mandatory 24 hour layover.
Martin Buser and Jessie Royer recently arrived at the halfway point to Nome and will round out our top five for today.