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Iditarod Leader Declines Gourmet Meal to Keep Mushing

Brent Sass heads down the Yukon River between Ruby and Galena, Alaska, on March 13, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The top five mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race appear to be taking an extended break in the ghost town of Cripple, Alaska. Sass was the first musher to reach Cripple Wednesday, March 9, 2022, winning $3,000 in gold nuggets for the feat. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
Brent Sass heads down the Yukon River between Ruby and Galena, Alaska, on March 13, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The top five mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race appear to be taking an extended break in the ghost town of Cripple, Alaska. Sass was the first musher to reach Cripple Wednesday, March 9, 2022, winning $3,000 in gold nuggets for the feat. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
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Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- When you’re leading the Iditarod but a five-time champion is breathing down your neck, you just don’t have time for the finer things in life.

Brent Sass, who is seeking his first title in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska, turned down a five-course meal Friday morning for being the first musher to reach the Yukon River.