Iditarod Day 11: Thomas Waerner wins the 2020 race

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - At 2:37 a.m. on March 18, 2020, Norwegian Thomas Waerner won the 2020 Iditarod.

Thomas Waerner won Iditarod 2020 (Courtesy Iditarod Insider)

The veteran musher arrived at the famed Burled Arch in Nome 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds after starting the race, to become the third Norwegian ever to win the Last Great Race on Earth.

Coming in at second was Mitch Seavey who crossed the finish line at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. His race time was 9 days, 16 hours, 15 minutes, and 38 seconds.

Jessie Royer took third place as she arrived at the finish line at 7:47 a.m. She finished the race 9 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes, and 16 seconds after starting.

Scratches
Rookie Iditarod musher Gabe Dunham scratched at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday at the Unalakleet checkpoint in the best interest of her race team.

Dunham had 12 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.

Rookie Iditarod musher John Schandelmeier and veteran Iditarod musher Meredith Mapes have both scratched at the Unalakleet checkpoint.

This makes 14 scratches in the 2020 race so far.

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