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After traversing icy waterways and snow covered trails in a race across the arctic tundra, mushers are finally relaxing, and getting recognized for their Iditarod feats.

Every year following the end of the Last Great Race, mushers gather with sponsors and race officials, family and friends, and look back on the incredible journey they've completed.

While race winner Dallas Seavey will enjoy (again) the title of champion, other mushers, volunteers, and even a checkpoint will be recognized with various awards, decided by vote or by feat of speed or strength on the trail.

Among the prestigious honors are the sportsmanship award, voted for by fellow mushers; the Golden Clipboard award, given to the checkpiont that helped out the most; the AlaskaAir Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian award, for whom veterans of the race vote; and the Horizon Lines "Most Improved" award.

The winners announced at this year's banquet are as follows:

Bristol Bay Native Corporation "First Fish" Award: Aliy Zirkle

Millennium Alaskan Hotel First Musher to the Yukon (Ruby) Award: Jeff King

GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award: Aaron Burmeister

PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award: Sonny Lindner

Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award: Aliy Zirkle

Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year Award: Nathan Schroeder

Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award: Richie Diehl

Sportsmanship Award: Mike Williams, Jr.

ExxonMobile Musher's Choice Award: Aaron Burmeister

Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award: Newton Marshal

Gold Clipboard Award: Galena

AlaskaAir Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award: Martin Buser

Golden Harness Award: Beetle, owner Dallas Seavey

Wells Fargo Red Lantern Award: Marcelle Fressineau