NOME,Alaska (KTUU) The Iditarod held its annual awards banquet in Nome on Sunday, and spoiler alert it wasn’t just mushers with the last name Seavey who won.
Sebastien Vergnaud won Rookie of the Year receiving $2,000 as the top placing rookie in 23rd place.
The French musher began with only 12 dogs on his team. Of the 71 mushers that started the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 68 began with a full roster of 16 dogs. Two racers began with 15 dogs in harness.
Montana musher Jessie Royer won two awards including the Humanitarian and Most Inspirational Musher. The two accolades earned her way into next year’s race for free, plus two round trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.
This year’s top dog also known as the Golden Harness winner went to Mitch Seavey’s lead dog Pilot after record breaking eight days, three hours, 40 minutes and 13 second finish.
The Sportsmanship Award was given to Allen Moore as chosen by the mushers.
Ryan Redington grabbing Most Improved Musher finishing 14th in the 2017 race compared to his 36th place in 2009.