NOME – The mushers who drove down Front Street after Iditarod 42 champion Dallas Seavey Tuesday didn’t claim the top prize, but they were escorted by police and welcomed to Nome by the familiar sound of the finish-line air horn.

“It’s always quite emotional,” said race veteran Hans Gatt, who finished this year’s race in ninth place.

Greeted by family and cheering fans at the burled arch, race finishers said they were simply happy to have made it through.

“The conditions were tough, but everything else went well,” said seventh-place finisher Jessie Royer. “I’m just happy to be here.”

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