Kelly Maixner and Bethel’s Pete Kaiser battled for their Iditarod finish in a pack of 5 mushers crossing under the Burled Arch within an hour of each other early Thursday morning.
Martin Buser finished his 32nd Iditarod Thursday morning, pulling under the Burled Arch to a cheering crowd of friends and family.
Kotzebue’s John Baker and Aniak’s Richie Diehl make a good showing for Western Alaska in Iditarod 43 — finishing 21st and 23rd, respectively.
Wade Marrs, in his best Iditarod finish yet — 8th place — also sets the 2015 pace for the fastest Safety-to-Nome run, at 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Ken Anderson and Nicolas Petit round out the top 10 finishers for Iditarod 43, in 9th and 10th respectively.
At the Nome finish line on Wednesday, Jeff King waxed nostalgic, full of stories, about a very memorable Iditarod this year. But he was also ready for rest.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who finished Iditarod 43 in 6th place on Wednesday, had relatively few words to describe his 2015 run — but the words he did say were positive ones.
A large crowd of fans lining Front Street cheered Aliy into the chute and to her 15th Iditarod finish midday Wednesday.
In 2015, Jessie Royer achieved her first crack into the top five. Posting consistently fast run times throughout the race, Royer said that she was very pleased with how her team ran this year.
Third to Nome for Iditarod 2015, Aaron Burmeister was greeted by friends, family, and the Nome St. Lawrence Island Singers and Dancers. “The dogs performed phenomenal…I’m just honored to be the guy that was on the runners this year driving them to Nome.”