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Musher gives up lead, rests after blistering run

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March 5, 2013 11:07 AM EST | AP


ROHN, Alaska — Four-time champion Martin Buser is taking a daring approach to this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Buser was first out of the chute on Sunday and then went on a blistering fast run from Willow to the checkpoint in Rohn – about 170 miles – before resting his dog team.

Buser reached Rohn at 9:53 a.m. Monday, where he took his 24-hour break and watched other mushers arrive and leave.

That put Paul Gebhardt in the lead Tuesday morning. He pulled into the checkpoint about nine hours after Buser and then got back on the trail. Aliy Zirkle was in second place.

Mushers are required to take one 24-hour break and two eight-hour breaks in the 1,000-mile race to Nome. Sixty-five teams started the race. Two have scratched.