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British-born man wins the world-famous Iditarod dog-sled race

Sled dogs dog-wow
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Musher Thomas Waerner has won his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska, crossing the finish line in nine days with his incredible team of sled dogs.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 22/03/2020, 14:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31

Waerner, who was born in England and grew up in Norway, easily won the 1,000-mile sled dog race. It took him a total of nine days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.


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World-famous sled dog race

The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a long-distance sled dog race that starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome, in Alaska. Mushers, who ‘drive’ the sled, and a team of dogs, typically cover the distance in around 8 to 15 days.


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As soon as he finished, Waerner praised his team of 10 dogs for helping him achieve the victory. He gave each dog a rub, especially his lead dogs, K2 and Bark. Each dog was then given a well-earned snack.

Canine team mates

Only dog breeds like Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes can race in the Iditarod. 
It was only Waerner’s second attempt at the race. In 2015, he finished in 17th place when he was named rookie of the year.


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As he was presented with a new truck and cheque for $51,000, his dogs stood proudly behind him wagging their tails.

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