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Iditarod champion given a hero's welcome in Alaska hometown

BETHEL, Alaska — A city in southwest Alaska has hosted a hero’s welcome for the homegrown winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

KYUK reported Tuesday that 2019 champion musher Pete Kaiser was met by a crowd at the airport in his hometown of Bethel Monday night.

The 31-year-old won the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometre) sled dog race across Alaska’s wilderness when he and his team of canines crossed the finish line in Nome March 13 after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Joar Ulsom of Norway.

KYUK reports that Kaiser was met by fans cheering for him inside the small Alaska Airlines terminal. As he departed, Kaiser was escorted by two firetrucks with lights flashing and a parade of cars.

The station says fans waving signs lined the highway.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

The Associated Press