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Victoria Hardwick claims the Red Lantern Award, last musher to cross the finish line

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 6:47 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - At 12:22 a.m. Thursday, veteran Iditarod musher Victoria Hardwick, bib number 48, crossed the finish line in Deshka Landing claiming the Red Lantern Award.

Hardwick was the last musher, just seconds behind rookie Dakota Schlosser, to finish the race placing 36th. She completed the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 10 days, 9 hours, 22 minutes and 6 seconds with 10 dogs in harness.

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This is Hardwick’s second time earning the Red Lantern Award. She earned it for the first time in 2019.

The 2021 Iditarod began with 46 mushers leaving the starting line at Deshka Landing and traveling out to the Iditarod checkpoint before traversing back.

Race officials say the Red Lantern Award will be presented to Hardwick at a later date.

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