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Live Finishes (2014)

Kotzebue’s John Baker with a gracious finish

Kotzebue’s John Baker pulled into Nome as the sun began to rise to finish his run of the 2014 Iditarod. Placing 19th this year, 2011 champion John Baker said that the trail favored certain teams’ dogs, and his wasn’t one of them. “Our team didn’t do quite as good as I wanted to or expected…

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Richie Diehl & Matt Failor: 14th & 15th into Nome

Richie Diehl and Matt Failor arrived into Nome under the burled arch this morning within minutes of each other. Aniak’s Richie arrived at 7:35am with his team of 10, followed closely by Matt Failor and his 11 dogs at 7:42am. A new generation of mushers is coming up in the Iditarod ranks, and these two are among…

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A brisk run into Nome, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser

Pulling under the burled arch in the darkness of morning, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser finished the 2014 Iditarod in 13th place. Pete was greeted by his girlfriend and son, a group of race officials, and fans. Pete’s young team arrived with a pep in their step and frost on their faces. Since they are young dogs, he…

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A warm welcome for Mike Williams, Jr., 11th place in Iditarod 42

Mike Williams, Jr. at the finish line

With his sister standing beside him under the Burled Arch – and boisterous race fans literally singing and dancing by the race chute – musher Mike Williams, Jr. had ample sources of support and congratulation upon his arrival into Nome in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Kuskokwim-area musher (Williams is from Akiak, Alaska)…

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Leading the Norwegians into Nome in fourth: Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Norway’s leader in this year’s Iditarod, pulled under the burled arch at 10:01am this morning, completing Iditarod 42 in 8 days 19 hours 1 minute and 1 second. Ulsom improved on last year’s finish, in seventh place as “Rookie of the Year,” by pulling into Nome in fourth place for Iditarod 42. Holding the…

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Third to Nome, Mitch Seavey

Arriving under the burled arch at 7:39am, Mitch Seavey was the third musher to officially finish Iditarod 42, greeted by his son Dallas. Dallas explained the surprise of his recent win, which was news to Mitch as well, but not a shock: “On second thought, it’s not a huge surprise, things like that happen. Sometimes…

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