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Eye on the Trail:  Red Lantern to Apayauq Reitan

Veteran Iditarod musher Aqayauq Reitan (bib #47) of Kaktovik, Alaska, is the final musher to reach Nome on March 19th at 11:39 p.m. with seven dogs. In its inaugural year as a sponsor, Lynden chose to honor the Red Lantern finisher for their perseverance and commitment to completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through …

Apayauq Reitan Wins Red Lantern at Iditarod 50

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Hello friends, It’s always sad to report the end of another Iditarod. However, we are happy for Victoria Hardwick, the winner of the Red Lantern Award. What does that mean? It means she had the courage and perseverance to not give up. It wasn’t easy, her sled met a tree on the Happy River Steps …

Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern Race Was Close

The last two mushers were waiting in SKW-WM for their required 8-hour rest to expire.  Victoria Hardwick of Bethel took to the trail at 14:57.  Dakota Schlosser of Willow was released at 14:59.  The two mushers were competing for the honor of perseverance -THE RED LANTERN and a Jon Van Zyle original painting.  It wasn’t …

Victoria Hardwick is final Iditarod 49 finisher, claims Red Lantern Award

  Veteran Iditarod musher Victoria Hardwick (bib #48), of Bethel, Alaska, is the final musher to cross the finish line in Deshka Landing at 12:22 a.m. today, claiming the Red Lantern Award. Hardwick and her race team completed the Iditarod in 10 days, 9 hours, 22 minutes and 6 seconds. She finishes in 36th place, just two …

Misconceptions and More: Red Lantern vs. Widow’s Lamp

  (Imagine this being spoken in the sultry, incomparable voice of the Iditarod Insider’s Greg Heister – at least that’s how I imagine it). “The finish line… what every musher pictures in their mind after they leave Willow and the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. A mere 1,000 miles through weather and terrain …

Classroom Connections: The Red Lantern Award

The Red Lantern has always been, for me, an award that is a matter of perspective. However, more recently it has become a great teaching tool. Through my years of teaching about the Iditarod, students have always asked why there is an award for the last place finisher. This prompts many discussions and stories of …

Iditarod Rookie Kaci Murringer is the 2020 Iditarod Red Lantern winner

Kaci Murringer is the last official finisher representing the last of the Elim 11 to cross the finish line! Way to go, Kaci!  

Eye on the Trail: Victoria Hardwick of Bethel Earns Red Lantern

The Champion and the Red Lantern of Iditarod XLVII are both from Bethel, Alaska.  They are the front cover and back cover of an incredibly interesting story book.  The adventures recorded by all of the mushers of Iditarod XLVII that are the pages between the covers could not have been imagined or predicted. One of …

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Hello friends, The 2019 Iditarod officially ended at 11:08 AM Alaska time when Victoria Hardwick of Bethel, AK crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome. She was all smiles as a small crowd cheered her to the finish line.  Good for you, Victoria, for sticking with it. The Finisher’s Banquet was last night, but the …