09 March 2013

Saturday Iditarod Update #1

Buser's starting dash worked, he says, but challenges remain

Buser, 54, turned the first half of the Iditarod into a four-and-a-half-day dash.

His eye-popping 20-hour run to start the race has rivals hoping Buser's team will emerge from the Yukon River deflated and out of gas for the final days of the race. But hours ahead of his nearest chaser, Buser said Friday that the gambit has already worked.

The race's end-game is approaching. All the top mushers have taken their mandatory 24-hour rest, and Buser believes his team is no more sapped than the rest of the front-runners.

"Now we're in neutral territory. Now it's just dog care," he said.

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