Martin Buser, the first musher to reach the village of Anvik along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race route in Alaska, earned a gourmet meal and a cash award.
Buser savors feast
for leading in Iditarod
After days of heating meals in boiling water used to make gravy for the dogs and snacking on energy bars or chunks of meat, the first musher to reach the village of Anvik, Alaska, along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race route, earned a treat.
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Four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake, Alaska, pulled into Anvik early Friday for a gourmet meal. It was a prize for reaching the first checkpoint along the 1,800-mile-long Yukon River, which will be the trail for mushers for the next 238 miles of the 998-mile race that ends in Nome.
The Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage flew its executive chef, Bobby Sidro, about 350 miles to the remote Alaska village of 82 people that lacks a restaurant.
Buser was served a meal that would cost him $99 at the hotel restaurant. He was joined by his wife, Kathy Chapoton.
The meal included portobello mushrooms stuffed with Red King crab, Alaska clam chowder, a roast-duck salad, a 14-ounce steak and a fruit tart. There are two more gifts for the first musher to Anvik: $3,500 and a bottle of champagne.
Later in the day, Buser was the first musher to leave Grayling.
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