In Brief : Americans Lead in Sled Dog Race

From Times staff and wire service reports

Musher Joe Runyan of Nenana, Alaska, won his second straight stage in the Alpirod, leading another American sweep of the top places in the international sled dog race.

Runyan, winner of last year’s Alpirod, covered the 70-kilometer (42-mile) course from Maloja to Lavin in the Engadine Valley near St. Moritz in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 32 seconds, clocking an average speed of 22.396 KmH (about 13 m.p.h.)

Kathy Swenson of Two Rivers, Alaska, placed second to keep her overall lead, while another American, Tim White, was third.

Switzerland’s Pascal Nicoud, who holds third place in the overall standings, finished the leg in fourth place.


On Wednesday, the race returns to Italy, where it began a week ago, with a 90-kilometer run at Livigno.