Juneau musher reaches Nome

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

NOME - The 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is over.

Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News

Deborah Bicknell, a 62-year-old rookie from Auke Bay, was the 78th and last finisher. She crossed the finish line Monday at 8:36 p.m.

A record 95 mushers left the restart in Willow on March 2 and headed for Nome, 1,100 miles away.

For coming in last, Bicknell received the Red Lantern Award. That is the award given to the last musher to finish.

Lance Mackey of Fairbanks won the race with a time of nine days, 11 hours, 46 minutes and 48 seconds. He is the first musher to win the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod in the same year, in 2007. He repeated the feat this year, for wins in four straight sled dog races of at least 1,000 miles.

Four-time champion Jeff King of Denali Park came in second. Ramey Smyth of Willow finished third, ahead of Ken Anderson of Fairbanks. Anderson beat four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake by less than a minute for fourth place.

This year's Iditarod offered an $875,000 purse, to be paid out among the top 30 finishers to reach Nome. Mackey earned $69,000 and a new truck.

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