A Spoonful of Gold for 71-year-old Musher

Jim Lanier won a heaping tablespoonful of gold nuggets for arriving first at the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Thursday by sleeping just three hours in four days.That’s the nice thing about getting old, said Lanier, who is 71. You wake up earlier.The win marked the first half-way award for Lanier in an Iditarod career that began when Jimmy Carter was in office and was only interrupted last year so the musher could have a hip replacement.“He’s kind of like a legend that’s still running,” said Anchorage musher Trent Herbst, a bushy-beared school teacher who won the gold for arriving at the halfway mark in the 2011 race.Read more here: http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/160208

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