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Minnesotan, Alaskan duel for Iditarod rookie-of-year honors

Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the start line on Willow Lake. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey leaves the Yukon River village of Kaltag during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Villagers watch as Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, cares for his dog team after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey outlasted the media and fans as he and his Wife Jen Seavey and daughter Annie Seavey wait for his dad Mitch Seavey to come into Nome, AK during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, team dog rests its head on another dog after arriving in Koyuk checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race fans collapse around a table after being up most of the night to watch the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK. Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Tuesday morning.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey, from Willow, AK, talks about his team and the race at the White Mountain checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014. 140310
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Streaks of wind blown snow cover the tundra as a ground blizzard blows outside of Nome during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. The blizzard made for a surprise ending to the race. Dallas Seavey persisted through the storm for the win.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dallas' wife Jen Seavey greeted him at the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey, of Willow, AK, sits under the burled arch in Nome, having just won one of the closest races ever.
Bob Hallinen
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey interacts with fans gather at Campbell Airstrip during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Bill Roth
An exhausted Dallas Seavey collapsed on the back of sled after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Race marshal Mark Nordman is at left and DallasÕ wife Jen Seavey great him.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle (left) and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Jan Seavey (Dallas' wife) and daughter Annie wait for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Dallas Seavey drives his team downtown. Sixty-nine mushers and their dog teams celebrated the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by greeting fans and taking a ceremonial ride across Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Marc Lester
Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team to the the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey with his lead dog Beatle after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman waits for race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The leaders wearing the rose garlands are Beatle and Reef.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey's daughter, Annie, plays in her dad's dog truck. Racing began for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014. Sixty-nine teams started this year's Iditarod.
Marc Lester
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Dallas Seavey greets the crowd after crossing under the burled arch in Nome, AK to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Race fans wait for the race winner Dallas Seavey at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Nome, AK.
Bob Hallinen

UPDATE noon Wednesday

From Kevin Klott --

A sprint to the finish between the Iditarod's top two rookies highlighted Wednesday morning action on Front Street in Nome.

Minnesotan Nathan Schroeder and Abbie West of Two Rivers went head-to-head along the final 22 miles of trail after both checked out of Safety at 6:15 a.m. In the end, Schroeder took the 2014 rookie of the year crown as he crossed the finish line five minutes and 36 seconds ahead of West at 8:52 a.m.

A three-time winner of the 400-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in Minnesota, Schroeder, 36, pocketed $16,900 for placing 17th in 9 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, 51 seconds.

"That was a quick nine days," Schroeder told race marshal Mark Nordman at the finish line.

Schroeder, a mechanic who lives in Chisholm, Minn., credited his rookie of the year award to a little bit of luck with Mother Nature along the Norton Sound coast.

"That storm held up that other rookie," he told KNOM radio. "I caught up to her and beat her here."

Asked if fellow Iditarod drivers and race followers should expect to see him return to the 1,000-mile trail next year, Schroeder politely declined.

"Naw," he said. "One and done."

He wouldn't be the only rookie to have ever "one and done." At least one in every decade since the race started in 1973 never returned to the trail.

About an hour after the rookies arrived, Canadian Michelle Phillips officially rounded off the top 20 when she pulled into Nome behind 12 dogs at 9:55 a.m. She finished 36 minutes behind Kotzebue's John Baker, who missed a top-10 finish for the second-straight year after winning the Iditarod in 2011.

Also finishing in the top 20 were Michael Williams Jr. (11th), Ken Anderson (12th), Pete Kaiser (13th), Richie Diehl (14th), Matt Failor (15) and Wade Marrs (16th).

A finisher who surprisingly placed outside of the top 20 was Norwegian Robert Sorlie. The two-time Iditarod champion finished a career-worst 21st place.

As of noon Wednesday, 29 teams remained on the trail.

 



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