Veteran Buser leads af­ter two stages

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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