Ramstead wins Iditarod Red Lantern

Musher's finish puts end to race's 29th running

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2001

NOME -- The 29th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an end today as Karen Ramstead of Perryvale, Alberta, reached Nome to claim the Red Lantern awarded to the last-place finisher.

Ramstead crossed under the burled arch on Front Street at 10:53 a.m. She completed her run in 14 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes. An enthusiastic crowd of about 200 people turned out to welcome Ramstead and her team.

Ramstead finished a little more than five days after Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory. She had entered a team of AKC-registered Siberian Huskies.

Ramstead said one her dogs, Mannie, made history by being the first Canadian champion show dog to finish the Iditarod. Ramstead finished the race with 15 dogs in Harness, the largest team to finish this year's race.

It was Ramstead's second try in the Iditarod. She scratched from the race last year.

Of the 68 mushers who began the race March 3 in Anchorage, 57 finished.

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