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Anchorage musher Chad Stoddard finishes as Iditarod’s top rookie in 23rd place

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 17
  • Published March 17

Chad Stoddard drives his sled around a corner on the Susitna River during the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 7. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Anchorage’s Chad Stoddard captured the Idiatarod’s rookie-of-the-year award on Tuesday evening at Deshka Landing.

Stoddard, 33, finished 23rd in the field of 46 mushers who started the 832-mile race on Sunday, March 7.

He had 13 dogs in harness when he crossed the finish line at 7:06 p.m.

He was surrounded by Beringtons at the finish line. Kristy Berington finished ahead of him in 22nd place at 7:03 p.m., and her twin, Anna Berington, finished behind him in 24th place at 7:13 p.m.

Stoddard’s award comes with $2,000.

As of noon Wednesday, 30 teams have reached the finish line. Ten either scratched or were withdrawn and six remain on the trail.

Among those still racing, Victoria Hardwick of Bethel and Dakota Schlosser of Willow, who are running together in the Red Lantern position. They reached Skwentna within a minute of each other Wednesday morning and are scheduled to depart for Deshka Landing just before 3 p.m. Hardwick was the last-place finisher in the 2019 Iditarod and Schlosser is a rookie.

Chad Stoddard handled dog care chores in the McGrath checkpoint during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Saturday March 13th, 2021. (Zachariah Hughes/for ADN)
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