Sun Valley Teacher in First Place in Iditarod


Sun Valley's Trent Herbst has taken the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Herbst, an elementary school teacher at Sun Valley's Community School, was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in the Alaskan ghost town of Iditarod, about 500 miles from Anchorage. That's about the halfway point of the 1,000 mile race. Last year, Herbst came in 49th place.

Herbst still has an extra challenge. He has yet to complete a mandatory 24-hour rest. In other words, he and his 14 dogs have yet to stop for a total of 24 hours. Other front-runners have satisfied the rest requirement. The race began last Sunday with 62 mushers. One has already dropped out.

Herbst was a BW Citizen in February.