I was able to witness this year's winner pull under the burled arch. On Tuesday, March 13th, Dallas Seavey became the youngest person to ever win the Iditarod. He did it in 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes, and 26 seconds and pulled in with 9 dogs on his sled. Aliy wasn't far behind, and we've just had our 12th finisher arrive this morning. In addition to Aliy, DeeDee Jonrowe and Sigrid Ekran have also crossed the finish line, making 3 ladies in the top 11. In a sport that is still so overwhelmingly male... Ladies, I salute you.
Another musher has scratched, bringing the total of those out of the race to 12. With 12 mushers into Nome, that leaves 42 still out on the trail. The Mushin' Mortician has finally had to eat a little Seeing Double dust, as the twins pulled out of Shaktoolik just ahead of him for the first time since very early in the race. Scott was out of Shaktoolik at 8:40am on Wed. in 45th place and with 13 dogs. Paul is closing in on the finish line. He pulled out of White Mountain at 8:13am this morning in 15th place with 10 dogs. If he runs to the same pace as the other finishers, I expect to greet him with a hearty "Welcome Nome!" around 6pm this evening.