Petit wins third-straight Copper Basin 300

Nic Petit discusses the race with Channel 2 as he pulled into Unalakleet during the 2019 Iditarod race.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Musher Nicolas Petit won his third-straight Copper Basin 300 Monday afternoon. The musher based in Girdwood finished at 1:49 p.m. according to the race's online tracker. A video posted to the race's official Facebook page showed the moment, as Petit drove his team -- most wearing blue winter coats - into the finish chute.

Petit hoisted his two sled dogs into the air for a photo with the race's trophy before mingling with the small crowd gathered to watch the finish.

Petit, who finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in second place in 2018, will win a $7,000 portion of the Copper Basin's $20,000 purse.

This year the race route was run in reverse from years past. The course began in Glennallen, and ran to Lake Louise, Sourdough, Meiers Lake and Chistochina before finishing again in Glennallen.

Twenty-seven teams started the race Saturday at temperatures of 44 below. Ten of those teams, including three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey, scratched.

Next on the trail in the Copper Basin 300 are Brent Sass, the 2019 Yukon Quest Champion, and Ryne Olson.

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