Iditarod XLV wraps up with awards banquet in Nome

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 20, 2017

Jessie Royer, a part-time Darby resident who grew up on a cattle ranch near Ennis, finished fifth early Wednesday morning in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - her second-best finish in 13 Iditarods. After the race, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, Seavey collected a check for $75,000 and a new pickup truck, ate a cheeseburger and took a call from the state's governor, telling him, "I recommend you budget more money for dog mushing". The dogs aren't doping this year (that we know of) but the new record might still merit an asterisk since the race followed a different course than it usually does. A field of 73 competitors started the race that ends in Nome. It's the second time in three years that the starting line was moved, but only the third time in the Iditarod's 45-year history.

This year's top dog also known as the Golden Harness victor went to Mitch Seavey's lead dog Pilot after record breaking eight days, three hours, 40 minutes and 13 second finish.

The French musher began with only 12 dogs on his team.

Mitch Seavey will receive 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon fillets and $2,000 from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation for leading the pack to Kaltag.

Seavey rested his dogs on the sled in shifts throughout the race, which he said contributed to their pace.

Dr. Hunt said the team used the newest formula and is excited the launch of the new dog food coincided with an Iditarod win.

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