mushers all pulled into Sourdough halfway checkpoint last night
by midnight. They were required to stay 8 hours, not ten. They were
not allowed to have the traditional bonfire due to a peat moss ground
cover under the snow that could've caught fire and spread. Instead
they had a barrel of wood burning where many of the kids congregated
and talked shop. A birthday cake was seen passing around to celebrate
Ellie Claus's birthday. Check our cooldreams photo page for Junior
Iditarod to see lots of great shots from the evening.
Today, Ellie Claus, won the race with a great looking team of dogs
around noon. Dallas Seavey came in second, Nikolai Buser third,
Tessa King fourth and Max Kornmuller rounded out the top five. The
final statistics can be seen at www.dogmushers.
There were lots of fans, parents and volunteers around Lake Louise
enjoying the race. Brenda hooked up with Idita-Support members,
Marlene Daniel, aka Montana's Lurking Granny, and Brenda Sperry
from Colorado. John Baker's son, Alex Westlake, finished sixth and
is seen here sharing a big hug with his proud Dad.
Fourteen mushers were in by the time the Finishers Banquet began
at Wolverine Lodge at 5PM. Fifteenth place finisher, Elisabeth Haberman,
came in while everyone was enjoying their lasagna dinner. There
were lots of neat prizes this year including $10,000 in scholarships
from the Alaska College Savings Plan. Dallas Seavey was awarded
the Sportsmanship Award, Tessa King received the Humanitarian Award
and Vanilla (Elllie's lead dog) received the Blue Harness Award.
kids retreated outside for a bonfire built by Martin Buser and his
wife, Kathy, while waiting on the final finishers. A bit of comic
relief was provided when Tree Farmer and other interested parties
set the poles of the finish line ablaze with Heet to welcome an
incoming musher seen only by headlamp. It turned out to be Iditarod
Rookie, Ellen Halverson, who was out on a trainging run. Jacob Gauthier,
Jeremy Hoover, and Katrina Rix all finished before midnight. Katrina
Rix was named Red Lantern.