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In Nome: Hans Gatt’s Best Finish

Gatt on Front Street

Hans Gatt mushes his team onto Nome's Front Street; it's just a few blocks from here to the finish line. Photo by Danielle Sylvester.

His team boasted exceptional speeds on the trail, and he gave Lance Mackey and Jeff King a run for their money – ultimately, overtaking one of them for second place in Iditarod 2010.

Hans Gatt arrived in Nome on Tuesday, March 16th at 4:04pm, with a final race time of 9 days, 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 2 seconds.

Hear excerpts of our live coverage of Gatt’s finish, with Ric in the studio, Kelly in our “spotter” vehicle, and Laureli and Leah at the finish line. Right off of his sled, Gatt discussed his run in 2010 – the best finish of his Iditarod career – and compared The Last Great Race to the Yukon Quest (a race he’s won three times).

Correction: Laureli and Leah mention in our live coverage that Gatt’s 2010 finish time would have earned him a championship in all years but 2010 and 2002 (when Martin Buser set the current Iditarod trail record). In fact, one more Iditarod finish was faster: Doug Swingley won in 2000 with a time of 9 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes, and 6 seconds – about 6 minutes faster than Hans Gatt in 2010.