Thursday, March 13th
10:20:26am Alaska Time
10 days 19 hours 20 minutes 26 seconds
8 Dogs in Harness
I am one proud big sister right now! Kristy met all 3 of her goals for Iditarod 2014... First, she finished. Second, she finished with a 10-day handle on her overall time. Third, she finished in 30th place, right in the middle of her 25-35 goal range (and in the final place considered "in-the-money"). She now also has a new personal best completion time, beating her 2011 finish time by over half an hour.
I was able to watch the live finish on the Iditarod site. Regrettable that the announcer got Kristy's race biography wrong, saying this was her 3rd Iditarod finish, when it fact it is her 5th. That seems to be one of the inherent risks of shared activities with your identical twin... folks frequently confuse you.
After setting her snow hook, Kristy immediately went around to each of her dogs, petting them and offering up enthusiastic praise... "Good girl! Good boy! Second one for you, huh Honey?!" She was asked what kind of weather she had been expecting over the last leg of the race, and she chuckled, answering, "rain, cuz it's the only thing we haven't seen out on the trail yet." She commented that it was windy on the home stretch, but nothing compared to the winds she saw going into Shaktoolik. She was asked to what she would attribute her finishing the race while so many others haven't and/or won't. "Luck?" She really wasn't sure how to answer that one. She identified her two lead dogs into Nome as Nicolas and Snickers, the former the cool, collected veteran he is (after getting Kristy through 5 Iditarods and 1 Yukon Quest) and Snickers... who was nervous like a little puppy. Finally, Kristy did her mandatory gear check with the race official. After her final place and finishing time were announced, she prepared to pull out of the chute and head to the dog lot to take care of her team.
Her final parting comment? "We wait for Anna now."