For the first time in seven years, someone with a last name other than Seavey has won the Iditarod.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom crossed under Nome’s burled arch at 3:01am with eight dogs.
Ulsom was in a tight three-way race with veteran champion Mitch Seavey and Nicolas Petit for days. On Monday morning, Petit deviated from the trail during a ground-storm on the run from Shaktoolik to Koyuk, giving Ulsom a window to overtake him at the front of the pack.
The 31-year-old Norwegian from Mo i Rana has lived and raced in Alaska since 2011. In his five previous Iditarods, Ulsom never placed lower than seventh.
At a run time of nine days and 13 hours, this was one of the longer Iditarods in recent years. The last time a leader took more than 9 days to reach Nome was 2013 along the same southern route. Since 2012, Mitch Seavey and his son Dallas have traded off victories. The last time a foreign-born musher won the race it was Robert Sorlie, of Hurdal, Norway, in 2005.
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Canada: Mushers reach halfway point of Yukon Quest sled dog race, Radio Canada International
Greenland: Siberian huskies, Greenland sled dogs share DNA with today’s canine companions, Radio Sweden
Finland: Nordic World Ski Championships in Finland promise medals and magic, Yle News
United States: Meet the mushers dressing in “full body armor” during the Iditarod race, Alaska Public Media