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Murringer wins Red Lantern at Iditarod

Ida Mortensen kisses one of Brent Sass’ dogs after they finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Wednesday in Nome, Alaska. (AP photo)

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula native Kaci Murringer won the Red Lantern at the 48th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

The award is given to the musher who finishes last. Murringer completed the race at 4:20 p.m. ET Sunday in 34th place, but 22 mushers did not finish the course. Murringer finished with 10 dogs in a total time of 13 days, 22 hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds, according to the Iditarod website.

Musher Laura Neese of Nature’s Kennel in McMillan finished in 32nd place at 1:45 p.m. ET Sunday. Neese had seven dogs, completing the grueling course in 13 days, 19 hours, 45 minutes and 53 seconds.

This year’s Iditarod champion is Thomas Waerner of Torpa, Norway. He finished at 4:37 a.m. ET Wednesday with 10 dogs. His total time was nine days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.

The race, which started in Willow on March 8, canceled its Nome post-race events.

The website stated: “In consultation with the chief medical officer for the State of Alaska and recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization in response to COVID-19, the Iditarod has decided to postpone both the Meet the Mushers event on March 21 and its Awards Banquet on March 22 in Nome. This decision was made in the best interest of public health. All other elements of the race are continuing as planned; however, they will be limited to essential race personnel.”

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