As Cindy Abbott crossed the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finish line in Nome Saturday, it marked not only the end of her 2017 run, but also this year’s race.
Wearing bib 31, Abbott pulled into Nome at 2:57 p.m., according to a statement from the Iditarod Trail Committee. Her total race time was 12 days, 2 hours, 57 minutes and 31 seconds. She arrived with 12 dogs in harness, ITC noted.
As the last musher to finish the race, Abbott earned the Red Lantern award, a tradition that “acts as a symbol of perseverance” for the Last Great Race. She will be re-presented the award at the awards banquet in Nome Sunday night, along with other mushers who’ve won awards along the trail.