Only Six Left On Trail
NOME, Alaska (AP) _ Seven mushers arrived in Nome by early Wednesday, leaving just six still running in the 15th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Led by Roger Roberts of Ophir, the seven finishers arrived within 4 1/2 hours of one another late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Roberts ended up 38th, followed by Pat Danley of Trapper Creek, Bill Chisholm of Knik, Henry Horner of Kobuk, Caleb Slemons of Eagle River, Mike Lawless of Trapper Creek and Roy Wade of Talkeetna.
For Lawless, it was a triumph over adversity. He lost most of his belongings and several of his dogs in an October flood.
John Gourley of Wasilla and Matt Ace of Sutton were out of White Mountain and expected to complete the 77-mile journey to Nome sometime Wednesday. Still in White Mountain early Wednesday were Don McQuown of Snowmass Village, Colo., and Andre Monnier of Phalsbourg, France.
The competition for the not-so-coveted ″Red Lantern″ award boiled down to Brian Johnson of Palmer and Rhodi Karella of of Willow. Johnson left Elim, 123 miles from the finish, Tuesday evening, 16 minutes ahead of Karella.
Susan Butcher of Manley won the 1,157-mile race, finishing in record time March 18.
Ten of the original 63 contestants scratched and three were ordered withdrawn from the race when they fell too far behind.