It was a moment 12 days, eight hours and 43 minutes in the making for Alan Stevens, as he crossed the finish line in Nome on Saturday.
“I’m so happy to see him come in,” said Paula Stevens, Alan’s mother.
Paula and her husband, Mark, made the trip from Texas to watch their son make his way into Nome. The 25-year old Texan-turned-Alaskan was an Iditarod rookie, running a team from Martin Buser’s kennel.
There were tears from the whole family as he crossed under the burled arch.
“He made it,” Paula said, as she hugged her husband. “I don’t even know if I can tell you. It’s so emotional.”
With tears in his eyes, Alan said, “seeing the burled arch overhead, I’ve never felt so happy in my life.”
His parents have been following his adventures, stopping at checkpoints along the trail to visit with him.
“It made it so worthwhile being here having them to support me,” said Alan. “Knowing that they’d be here when I got here was all the more motivation coming in.”
The musher has earned some much needed rest, but not before getting a cold beer from his dad. Alan happily chugged the Alaskan IPA while his mom snapped some pictures.
It’s a day the Stevens family will never forget, a major accomplishment of this Lone Star musher.
“I’m so proud,” Paula beamed. “He can do anything. If he can do this, he can do anything.”