Chugiak duo to hit the Iditarod Trail

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 20:00

Chugiak mushers Jim Lanier and Mike Suprenant will be among a field of 66 mushers who hit the trail this weekend for the 2012 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

This year’s ceremonial race start will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 in Anchorage.

The official start of the race will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 in Willow.

Lanier, 71, is a retired physician who first ran the Iditarod in 1979. He has never scratched and is a 14-time finisher whose best showing was 18th in 2004.

Suprenant, a 47-year-old civil service worker on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, has entered the race three times and finished once, crossing the finish line in 49th place in 2009.

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