ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Veteran musher Wade Marrs, of Alaska, was the first musher to reach Unalakleet on the Norton Sound Coast on Sunday night.

Marrs was the third competitor out of Kaltag. He left at 5:28 a.m.

This year's race across nearly 1,000 miles of grueling Alaska wilderness started March 6 in Fairbanks. The winner is expected early this week in the town of Nome, along Alaska's frozen Bering Sea coast.