FAIRBANKS - Although the race is over for the front-runners of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dozens of mushers and their teams continue to wind their way in blasting winds over icy trails to the finish line in Nome.
As of late Thursday morning, 30 mushers of the 69 that started the race had reached the Burled Arch on Front Street in the former gold rush town. Veteran Kristy Berington was No. 3.
The two top rookies, Nathan Schroeder and Abbie West, had their own duel to the finish line to see who would garner top rookie honors. Schroeder claimed the title, finishing in 17th place on Wednesday, only six minutes ahead of West.
Twenty mushers remain on the trail, with Elliot Anderson holding on to the Red Lantern position in the back of the pack. He was on the trail between Shaktoolik and Koyuk Thursday morning. Eighteen mushers have scratched and one was withdrawn.