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Top Five Mushers Into White Mountain By The Time Waerner Departed for Nome

Thomas Waerner prepares to leaves for the run from White Mountain to Nome

Iditarod mushers are closing in on Nome. Norwegian Thomas Waerner was the first to leave White Mountain at 1:35 Tuesday afternoon when he pulled the snowhook and set off on the final 77 miles to Nome. As fresh snow fell on his sleeping team, he completed his mandatory eight-hour break. Waerner now has a generous […]

Iditarod Reaches White Mountain, Preparations in Nome Underway

The burled arch in Nome being prepared for the Iditarod finish.

The first musher, Thomas Waerner of Norway, arrived into White Mountain early this morning. He has about a five-hour lead on the next team in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race. If Waerner maintains his lead, this would be his first Iditarod victory in only his second running of the race. He’s expected to arrive […]