ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Veteran Iditarod musher Brent Sass was first to arrive at the Cripple checkpoint on Wednesday, taking the lead in the 48th running of the Iditarod and snagging the chance at $3,000 in gold nuggets for being the first arrival.
The Iditarod said shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday that Sass had arrived to Cripple at 9:54 p.m. with 13 dogs in harness.
Sass has the choice of either a new Samsung Galaxy S20 with a year of service, or $3,000 in gold nuggets.
The trophy for the Dorothy G. Page Award, honoring the “Mother of the Iditarod," is made of Alaska birch and marble, and features a photo of Page. The trophy, the Iditarod said, remains year-round at Iditarod headquarters.
Sass' award will be presented again in Nome at the Iditarod awards banquet on Sunday, March 22, at the Nome Recreation Center.
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