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Race updates: Last Iditarod musher finishes, Dallas Seavey places 3rd in Norway race

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: March 19, 2018
  • Published March 17, 2018

Race comes to an end

Magnus Kaltenborn (Bill Roth / ADN)

The 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finished Saturday morning as Magnus Kaltenborn of Whitehorse, Yukon, crossed the finish line in Nome at 11:13 a.m. He claimed the Red Lantern award, given to the last finisher.

Kaltenborn's race time was 12 days, 20 hours, 13 minutes and 14 seconds. This was his second Iditarod, after placing 33rd in 2011.

Fifty-two mushers made it to Nome in this year's race. Thirteen decided to scratch, and two were withdrawn for going too slow.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway won this year's race, the first musher other than Mitch Seavey or son Dallas Seavey to come in first place since 2011.

Dallas Seavey finishes third in Norway race

Dallas Seavey (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Meanwhile, four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey came in third in the Finnmarksløpet, a 750-mile dog sled race in Norway, the longest such race in Europe. Seavey finished the race in Alta, just before 1 a.m. Saturday there.

Seavey dropped out of the 2018 Iditarod in October in protest over how the race committee handled the results of his dog team's drug tests. In a series of press releases that month, race officials announced that urine samples taken from dogs on Seavey's 2017 Iditarod team tested positive for tramadol, a prescription painkiller the race prohibits. The dogs were tested in Nome after finishing the race.

Seavey has repeatedly denied giving the drug to his dogs. Instead of competing in the 2018 Iditarod, he announced he would compete in Norway's Finnmarksløpet this year.

His father, Mitch Seavey, placed third in this year's Iditarod. Mitch has won the 1,000-mile race to Nome three times before, including in 2017.

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