Lance Mackey First to Halfway Mark

Mackey sets sights on midway Iditarod gold, 24-hour layover

Published: March 6, 2013 Updated 8 minutes ago

Eighteen-month-old Beatrice rode in the sled of Iditarod musher Kristy Berington as she arrived to the village of Nikolai on the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Beatrice remained with the team to eat and rest before a decision was made on whether to drop her. Note: this is not Lance Mackey’s dog.

By KEVIN KLOTT and KYLE HOPKINS — Anchorage Daily News

UPDATE 8 a.m. WEDNESDAY  3/6/2013

Lance Mackey is going for the gold — Iditarod gold, that is.

The 42-year-old musher spent only 15 minutes in Ophir, pushing his team ahead of the pack to become the first to arrive in the ghost town of Iditarod. Barring a disaster, the four-time Iditarod champion will soon claim $3,000 in gold nuggets for winning the Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award.

Gold might not be the only factor in his decision to head for Iditarod, where he will likely stay put for his 24-hour layover. He knows that Martin Buser is on the way

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