Nicolas Petit gets First Musher to the Yukon Award
Nicolas Petit was the first musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to arrive to the Anvik checkpoint getting the annual Lakefront Anchorage First Musher to the Yukon Award.
After passing by Joar Leifseth Ulsom in Shageluk, Petit carried on through the night to Anvik, arriving at 4:23 a.m. winning the award for the third-straight year. The prize is a five-course meal and $3,500 in $1 bills on a gold tray.
Petit left Anvik at 8:58 a.m., and as of this writing was racing toward the next checkpoint, Grayling, according to the Iditarod GPS tracker.
Petit decided to return two dogs in Anvik, one because of soreness and leg swelling.
"She had a sore rear leg and she compensated and that sore rear leg is doing better," he said. "The other leg is now swelling so I just spotted it and there's no reason to have her keep on going," he said.
The term "returned dog," now replaces "dropped dog" in race vocabulary. A spokesperson for the race said the Iditarod changed it in 2019 because of the potentially negative connotation.
Official Iditarod standings show Petit started the race with 14 dogs and now has 12.
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