Musher Cindy Abbott claims Red Lantern award, ending Iditarod 45

Published: Mar. 18, 2017 at 3:46 PM AKDT
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After 12 days, 2 hours and 57 minutes, Iditarod XLV has officially ended.

For the second time since 2015, Cindy Abbott, bib No. 31, is the winner of the years Red Lantern award, officially ending the 2017 race.

The Red Lantern award is a symbol of perseverance, say Iditarod officials. And this is a record-breaking win for a red lantern finish, according to Iditarod archives.

Abbott finished the 2017 race in 12 days, 2 hours and 57 minutes.

In 2015, the same course took her 13 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes.

This year, 64 of the 71 mushers, who left the chute in Fairbanks, completed the 968-mile journey to Nome.

Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod, this time in record setting fashion, finishing the race in 8 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes.

He also became the oldest musher to win the race, reclaiming that honor from his former self, 53-year old Mitch Seavey.