Sass is first into Cripple checkpoint, taking lead and chance at $3k in gold nuggets

(Courtesy Whitney McLaren)
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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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