by Chris Klint
6:45 AM AKST, March 11, 2011
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Hugh Neff was first to reach the Yukon River Friday morning, according to the Iditarod Trail Committee. Neff arrived in Anvik at 5:26 a.m. with 12 dogs.
Upon reaching the Anvik checkpoint, Neff was served an “eight-course” meal prepared on camp stoves at the local community center by staff from the Millennium Alaskan Hotel: the traditional seven-course meal hotel staff have served the first musher to the Yukon for 25 years, plus an “after-dinner mint” of $3,500 in cash.
The hotel’s “1st to the Yukon” award will be re-presented to Neff at the Iditarod banquet in Nome on March 20.
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