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Iditarod Musher Attacked by Snowmobile Takes Third

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NOME, Alaska — Musher Aliy Zirkle has completed a bittersweet Iditarod.

Zirkle finished third in this year's race Tuesday morning, bringing her team of 13 dogs down Nome's Front Street through a boisterous crowd chanting her name. It's Zirkle's fifth top five finish in the last five years.

But this race will always be known for separate attacks on Zirkle and four-time champion Jeff King by a man on a snowmobile. The man has said he was drunk when it happened, and he faces charges in state court. The attack killed one of King's dogs, and left several others injured. King was running in 10th place Tuesday.

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Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod early Tuesday morning, crossing the finish line in record time. It's his third straight win and fourth in the last five years.

Related: Snowmobile Attack on Iditarod Teams in Alaska Kills One Dog, Injures 6 Others

Seavey reached Nome about 45 minutes ahead of his father, Mitch Seavey, who finished second to his son for the second straight year. Mitch Seavey has won the Iditarod in 2004 and 2013.

 Musher Aliy Zirkle drives her dog team to the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Tuesday, March 15 2016, in Nome, Alaska. Zirkle finished third in the race. Mark Thiessen / AP

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