ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- For arriving first at the checkpoint in Anvik, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Hugh Neff was treated to an eight-course gourmet meal and $3,500 in cash.
The 43-year-old musher is competing in his seventh Anchorage to Nome sled dog race.
The gourmet meal was whipped up by chefs from a luxury Anchorage hotel who fly in and prepare it on cook stoves set up in the Anvik village hall.
While Neff decided to rest his team and enjoy his "First Musher to the Yukon Award," musher Sebastian Schnuelle spent just four minutes in the checkpoint Friday morning and grabbed the lead.
He was followed by Hans Gatt, who finished second last year behind four-time defending champion Lance Mackey.