Iditarod ends with Steves taking the Red Lantern

Award for coming in last goes to a 55-year-old rookie

Anchorage Daily NewsMarch 19, 2012 

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race officially ended early Monday with the arrival in Nome of the final musher, rookie Jan Steves.

The 55-year-old from Edmonds, Wash., crossed the finish line at 2:57 a.m. to take the Red Lantern award.

Other honors were announced Sunday night at the finishers' banquet in Nome:

• Pen Air Spirit of Alaska Award -- Aliy Zirkle

• GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award -- Jim Lanier

• Wells Fargo Bank Alaska Gold Coast Award -- Aliy Zirkle

• Nome Kennel Club Fastest Time from Safety to Nome Award -- Mike Williams, Jr.

• Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award -- Rohn Buser

• Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year -- Brent Sass

• Fred Meyer Sportsmanship Award -- Lance Mackey

• ExxonMobil Mushers Choice Award -- Dan Seavey

• Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award -- Michelle Phillips

• Golden Clipboard Award -- Community of Nulato

• Golden Stethoscope Award -- Ruth Kothe, DVM and Tanja Kruse, DVM

• Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award -- DeeDee Jonrowe

• City of Nome Lolly Medley Golden Harness Award Winner -- Guinness - Dallas Seavey Lead Dog

• Northern Air Cargo Four Wheeler Drawing Winner -- Peter Kaiser

Sixty-six teams began the race on March 4 and 53 made it to Nome.

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