ANCHORAGE – New Zealand musher Curt Perano will drive the first team to start in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race.


The starting order was set during the traditional Mushers Drawing Banquet, held Thursday night at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Downtown Anchorage. Fairbanks veteran Paige Drobny will follow Perano down the trail, and Norwegian musher Yvonne Dabakk — wearing bib #8 — is set to become the first rookie out the chute.


Two Rivers race veteran Sonny Lindner is set to start last, following Two Rivers rookie Abbie West.