Iditarod Day 12: Top 27 have made it to Nome; 2 scratch and dropped dog dies

Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips in Takotna. (KTUU)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Mushers continue to cross under the burled arch in Nome as Day 12 of the race sees two scratches and a dog death.

A dog from Katherine Keith's team died early Thursday morning. It had been dropped and was being checked out for symptoms of pneumonia.

Two mushers, Alan Eischens, and Marcelle Fressineau scratched out of the race.

[WEDNESDAY: Holmes takes rookie of the year; Top 17 mushers reach Nome]

Thursday's first finisher was Mats Pettersson of Sweden. He finished at 1:55 a.m. in 18th place.

Rookie Michi Konno finished in 23rd place Wednesday. He told Channel 2 in Unalakleet that he was inspired to run Iditarod by Joee Redington, Jr., son of Joe Redington, Sr., widely known as "The Father of the Iditarod" for his role in helping start the race. Joee Redington, Jr. died in August of 2017, and was this year's Honorary musher, honored by Bib. No. 1 at the ceremonial start.

Four-time race champion Jeff King finished in 24th place Thursday. The 62-year-old told Channel 2 earlier in the race that he's coming to terms with not being at the front of the pack. “I don’t really care how I get there, I just want to have fun,” he said in Unalakleet.

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Here are Thursday's finishers:

18 - Mats Pettersson - Bib 3 - 1:55 a.m.
19 - Michelle Phillips - Bib 18 - 2:36 a.m.
20 - Lars Monsen - Bib 61 - 2:38 a.m.
21 - Hugh Neff - Bib 68 - 8:56 a.m.
22 - Anna Berington - Bib 4 - 12:44 p.m.
23 - Michi Konno - Bib 63 (rookie) - 3:35 p.m.
24 - Jeff King - Bib 40 - 4:36 p.m.
25 - Mike Williams Jr. - Bib 27 - 6:16 p.m.
26 - Katherine Keith - Bib 41 - 8:35 p.m.
27 - Rick Casillo - Bib 9 - 10:29 p.m.

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