Last Iditarod musher reaches finish line

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011

NOME — The last musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has crossed the finish line in Nome on Alaska’s western coast.

Ellen Halverson of Wasilla finished the 1,150-mile race at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, five days after winner John Baker of Kotzebue.

Halverson’s race from Anchorage to Nome took 13 days, 19 hours and 45 minutes.

Halverson wins the Red Lantern award for being the last of 47 mushers to finish. She also won the Red Lantern as a rookie in 2007.

Race officials say the 50-year-old is the only musher ever to earn two Red Lantern awards.

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