by Kevin Wells
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008
BIG LAKE, Alaska -- The 2008 Iditarod will have a lot of symmetry for the Buser family. While 4-time champion Martin Buser is preparing for his 25th running, his son, Rohn, is getting ready for his first.
He has a lifetime's worth of experience watching the Last Great Race.
Next week, 18-year-old Rohn Buser, named after an Iditarod checkpoint, will once again pass through Rohn, Alaska. This time it will be on the back of his own dog sled.
"A few years ago we talked, raised a few more dogs so we'd have dogs ready this year," he said.
Rohn couldn't ask for better home schooling. Few have blended success and humanitarian dog care better than his father Martin, the 4-time Iditarod champion. Martin introduced mushing to his two sons without pushing it.
"We never made my job theirs however they spent a lot of time around sled dogs because it was fun," Martin said.