He was presented the GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award
ANCHORAGE – Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister was the first to arrive at the Cripple checkpoint Wednesday and is richer for it.
The checkpoint is the halfway mark of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Burmeister, 38, arrived at 3:26 p.m. with 13 dogs, according to a statement from race officials.
For being first, he was presented the GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award. Burmeister was awarded a trophy and $3,000 in placer gold nuggets, race officials said.
Burmeister has not taken his 24-hour mandatory break yet.
The award will be presented to him again in Nome on March 16, during the Iditarod awards banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.
Burmeister was born and raised in Alaska and is the son of veteran musher Richard Burmeister. He is a certified teacher and general manager of Nome-based Tumet Industries.