Noah Pereira en New Yorker to lead Iditarod racers to starting line <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Caurie Putnam</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dog sledding Noah Pereira Sledding Sports in Alaska Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:16:50 +0000 5770914 at