Congratulations to 16-year-old Noah Pereira for becoming the first non-Alaskan to win the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The Clarkson, New York, resident won the 150-mile race this weekend, beating last year’s winner, Conway Seavey, by only four minutes. Conway is the younger brother of Dallas Seavey, last year’s 1,000-mile Iditarod champion.
This year’s Jr. Iditarod ran from Knik to Yentna and on to the finish line in Willow.
It was a surprisingly steady race given that Pereira reached the halfway point in Yentna ahead of Seavey—by four minutes! However, Pereira did say that in the last 50 miles, Seavey had closed the gap to one minute. Pereira made a push in the last 10 miles to extend his lead and cross the finish line first.
This was Pereira’s first outing in the Jr. Iditarod. He becomes the sixth rookie musher to win it.
Coming in third was 17-year-old Jenny Greger of Bozeman, Montana, 33-minutes behind Seavey.
Here’s a link to the final standings: http://www.jriditarod.com/racecurrent.php