Veteran Buser leads after two stages
A veteran musher and four-time winner of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race took the early lead in this year’s competition.
Martin Buser of Big Lake, Alaska, reached the second checkpoint of this year’s race, the tiny community of Manley Hot Springs, at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The race takes mushers over nearly a thousand miles of grueling Alaska wilderness. The winner is expected early next week in Nome on the Bering Sea coast.
Buser, who last won in 2002, rested after reaching the community 160 miles west of Fairbanks, where the race started Monday.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race normally begins just north of Anchorage, but was rerouted over the Alaska Range — the span of mountains that includes Denali — to Fairbanks because of low snow and dangerous conditions in the range.