Western Alaska is swelling with pride this week.
Not only has the region produced the 2011 Iditarod champion – Kotzebue’s John Baker – but it’s also fielded a number of other successful mushers who, over the past few days, have passed under Nome’s Burled Arch.
Here, you’ll find the finishes of Kotzebue’s Robert Nelson and Unalakleet’s Paul Johnson. Nelson finished in 19th place on Wednesday evening, Johnson in 34th place Friday morning. Keep scrolling beyond the interviews for a few shots of Paul Johnson at the finish line, just after his arrival.
Robert Nelson, Kotzebue, Alaska, 19th place:
Paul Johnson, Unalakleet, Alaska, 34th place: