Jeff Reid receives the Lynden Red Lantern Award



Rookie Iditarod musher Jeff Reid (bib #35) of Two Rivers, Alaska, is the final musher to reach Nome today at 2:22 a.m. with 7 dogs in harness.

In its third year as a sponsor, Lynden once again chose to honor the Red Lantern finisher for their  perseverance and commitment to completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® through  unexpected challenges. According to historians, awarding the red lantern as the final finisher  has become an Alaska tradition in sled dog racing.  

As the Red Lantern winner, Reid receives $1,000 and has the honor of extinguishing the  widow’s lamp on the burled arch in Nome. The symbol of the widow’s lamp dates back to when  roadhouses were used in Alaska and extinguishing the lamp is a signal that no other mushers  are out on the trail. 

Lynden’s “Committed through the Last Mile” Red Lantern Award will be re-presented to Reid  at the Iditarod finishers banquet on Sunday, March 17, 2024.