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Iditarod rookie on track to claim Red Lantern

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:09 AM March 13, 2014

Team includes 15 dogs from race veteran Martin Buser's kennel.

ANCHORAGE – Elliot Anderson, a 22-year-old rookie racer from Big Lake, was the only musher to leave Shaktoolik Thursday morning.

Racing squarely at the back of the pack, Anderson is currently the top contender for the Iditarod 42 Red Lantern, awarded to the last team to successfully reach Nome. Since Dallas Seavey’s seven-dog team won the Last Great Race early Tuesday morning, 24 other teams have reached the burled arch on Front Street. Anderson is racing behind an additional 24 teams on the trail west.

The rookie racer is traveling with 15 dogs from race veteran Martin Buser’s kennel.

Click here for current race standings.

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