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In Takotna, a quick stop and a bagged lunch for Nicholas Petit

Nicholas Petit in Takotna

Nicholas Petit briefly pauses in the Takotna checkpoint; he arrived at 8:28pm and departed at 8:35 with a team of 16 dogs.

Two sack lunches and two Cokes – and a small team of eager race observers and Iditarod officials – greeted Nicholas Petit when he arrived in the Takotna checkpoint at 8:28pm last night.

Petit was not the first to arrive in Takotna – Aliy Zirkle, quietly attending to her dogs when Petit pulled in, had arrived sooner – but he was the first to leave the checkpoint, departing after just seven minutes. It was just enough time for Petit to receive a small sampling of Takotna’s legendary hospitality, in the form of soda and food for the trail.

With a report from Laureli Kinneen, hear Nicholas Petit arrive into Takotna: