ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The final musher in the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has made it to Nome. Wasilla musher Ellen Halverson, 50, passed under the Burled Arch at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with nine dogs on her team; she wore Bib 26 on the trail.
As the last musher into Nome, with a time of 13 days, 19 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds, Halverson received the Wells Fargo Red Lantern -- her second after receiving the 2007 Red Lantern in her rookie run on the trail. She is the only Iditarod musher in race history to win the Red Lantern twice.
After her arrival, Halverson extinguished the flame in the Widow’s Lamp, signifying that all mushers and dog teams were safely off the trail. She was just in time for the Finishers’ Banquet featuring all mushers who completed the race, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nome Recreation Center.