Iditarod XLI is officially over. At 1:36 this afternoon (AKDT), rookie Christine Roalofs was the last musher off the trail, crossing the Burled Arch in Nome in 54th place. Well-wishers dressed in green for St. Patrick’s Day lined the chute cheering on her dog team. “That was epic!” Roalofs exclaimed to Iditarod Race Marshall Mark Nordman as he welcomed her with a hug. “The worst and best two weeks of my life.”
Afterwards, Roalofs showed her lead dog Nighty some love, rolling around with him in the snow. “You saved our butts out there, big guy,” she told him.
As the last musher off the trail, Roalofs was presented with the Red Lantern Award from Wells Fargo. She then completed the tradition of blowing out the Widow’s Lamp, marking the official end of the race.
Below is a list of the mushers who came in 46th through 54th place. It includes the mushers’ names, residences, number of dogs at the finish line, and completion times. The letter (r) denotes rookies.
46. Gerald Sousa, Talkeetna, AK, 10 dogs: 12 days, 2 hours, 20 minutes, 14 seconds
47. Louie Ambrose (r), St. Michael, AK, 12 dogs: 12 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes, 45 seconds
48. Angie Taggart, Ketchikan, AK, 11 dogs: 12 days, 8 hours, 50 minutes, 3 seconds
49. Luan Ramos Marques (r), Macae, Brazil, 15 dogs: 12 days, 17 hours, 8 minutes, 0 seconds
50. Mikhail Telpin (r), Yanrakkynot, Chukotka, Russia, 11 dogs: 12 days, 19 hours, 27 minutes, 39 seconds
51. Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, MN, 12 dogs: 13 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes, 13 seconds
52. James Volek (r), Big Lake, AK, 12 dogs: 13 days, 9 hours, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
53. Bob Chlupach, Willow, AK, 11 dogs: 13 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 40 seconds
54. Christine Roalofs (r), Anchorage, AK, 11 dogs: 13 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes, 8 seconds