photos and text by David Dodman
Iditarod 2011 has officially concluded! The last-place finisher, or Red Lantern, arrived into Nome on Sunday morning.
The Red Lantern of Iditarod 2011 was Wasilla, Alaska’s Ellen Halverson, who passed under the Burled Arch at 10:45am Sunday. Halverson is the first musher in Iditarod history to win the Red Lantern twice; she also placed last in 2007, although her finish time this year was more than two days and 16 hours faster.
Here’s a few shots of Halverson’s Red Lantern finish. KNOM reporter Ben Matheson caught up with Halverson under the Burled Arch; he also spoke with US Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was on hand to see the conclusion of Iditarod 2011.