ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Brent Sass was the first rookie to arrive in Nome in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and therefore is this year's Rookie of the Year.
Sass arrived at the finish line of the more than 1,000-mile race on Wednesday at 11:25 a.m.
The 32-year-old musher from Eureka, Alaska, is not new to mushing. Since his first race in 2006, he's placed in more than 20 races. Sass has run the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest five times. His best finish was fourth in 2011.
Brent Sass's father, Mark Sass, has spent the last three months cheering on his son at various checkpoints in several races, including the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. He says he's a recreational musher and loves to celebrate his son's accomplishments.
Twenty-five-year-old Dallas Seavey won this year's race.
Twenty-three mushers had reached the Burled Arch finish line in Nome as of 11:30 a.m. today. Among them were four-time champion Martin Buser and his son, Rohn, in a photo finish for 18th and 19th place. Official standings put Rohn in 1 second before his father,
Four-time champion Lance Mackey crossed the finish line in 22nd place and veteran Jodi Bailey of Chatanika was 23rd. Sixty-six mushers started the race March 4 and 30 are still on the trail.