Thomson ReutersMarch 1, 2013 09:16
By Caurie Putnam
March 1 (Reuters) - When the annual Iditarod sled-dog race begins Saturday, the winner of the Jr. Iditarod will serve as the honorary musher, as is customary, leading the racers 12 miles (19 km) in a ceremonial start. For the first time ever, the young honoree wearing "Bib #1" comes from outside Alaska.
Noah Pereira, of Clarkson, New York, made history on Feb. 24 by becoming the first out-of-state musher to win the Jr. Iditarod since it began in 1977.