Halverson Wins Iditarod Red Lantern

Photo and Story by Diana Haecker, APRN – Nome

The red lantern has arrived in Nome.  Race official Leo Rasmussen made the announcement yesterday morning with the arrival of Ellen Halverson of Wasilla.

It was the first time anyone won the Red Lantern twice.  Halverson, 50, also came in last in 2007, as a rookie, after two scratches.

The race was won by John Baker in record time, and Halverson’s time was shorter than that of a number of early Iditarod winners.

Photo: Wasilla musher Ellen Halverson earned the distinction to receive the Red Lantern twice. She came in last in the 2007 Iditarod, which was the only Iditarod trail sled dog race that she finished out of three prior attempts.

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