New Zealand Dog News

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April 23, 2012

Perano finishes Iditarod

A man who went to high school in Picton has become the first New Zealander to complete the Iditarod, a gruelling dog sled race across Alaska billed as the last great race on earth.

 Curt Perano spent his final year of high school at Queen Charlotte College in Picton after living in Singapore and various European countries following his father's work in the oil industry.

 His father, Alan Perano, a former whaler, lives in Port Underwood. Having no internet connection, he needed the help of a neighbour who accessed the race website to learn of his son's success on March 16.

 Curt and his dogs were the third New Zealand team to start the race in 40 years, but the first to finish it. They took 11 days, 22 hours, 40 minutes and 45 seconds to run the 1609.3km (1000 miles). MORE>>

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