A friend stopped by our hu-dad’s office Thursday and asked him what he was going to do now that the Iditarod was over. Over, our dad asked. Our dad pointed out that the friend ran marathons on a regular basis. Is the marathon over just because the first person crosses the finish line? Nope. So the Iditarod is not over yet either.
Congratulations to Blake Freking who completed the race yesterday in 11 days, 20 hours, 39 minutes and 11 seconds. While Blake came in 42nd overall, he posted the fastest time in the history of the race for a team of pure bred Siberian Huskies. What an awesome accomplishment.
As of the time of this writing, a number of mushers were still on the trail. One of the great honors of the race is the Red Lantern – the award given to the team that is the last to finish the race. In our hyper-competitive world, many sports would label this the loser (or even everyone other than #1 the losers). But the Red Lantern is an honor given to the last WINNER of the race. Yes, an award in perseverance and we will celebrate the winner this year. We look forward to finding out who that person is.