After resting in Galena just 19 minutes, Aaron Burmeister headed north on the long push toward Huslia early Thursday morning in the lead of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
His 6:26 a.m. departure came just hours after four-time champion Jeff King completed a 50-mile run from Ruby in seven hours, reaching Galena at 4:37 a.m. Thursday in first place.
At that point, King -- who has taken his mandatory eight-hour rest -- was trailed by Aliy Zirkle and Burmeister, who have not. Martin Buser, who also has his eight-hour rest behind him, was running in fourth place. Zirkle of Two Rivers reached Galena at 5:54 a.m.