Dallas Seavey holds Iditarod lead

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Aliy Zirkle leaves White Mountain, Alaska, in second place during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)
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Aliy Zirkle leaves White Mountain, Alaska, in second place during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey has started the last leg of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Seavey was the first musher to complete a mandatory eight-hour layover in the community of White Mountain.

He left the checkpoint at 8:22 a.m. Alaska time Tuesday for the sprint to Nome, 77 miles away. Race officials are expecting the winner into Nome about 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Alaska time (9-10 p.m. EDT).

Seavey arrived at White Mountain very early Tuesday, and Aliy Zirkle got to the checkpoint about one hour and 15 minutes later.

Zirkle's team is moving faster than Seavey's but she is running out of time to catch him.

Ramey Smyth, Aaron Burmeister and Peter Kaiser were all into White Mountain.

Sixty-six teams began the nearly 1,000-mile race on March 4. Fifty-seven teams remain.

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