The Daily 5: Peter Kaiser cinches victory, a salute to sled dogs & more mushers headed to Nome
Here are five things to know for Wednesday on Day 11 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race:
1. Peter Kaiser wins Iditarod 47
Peter Kaiser, the 31-year-old born and raised in Bethel, claimed his first Iditarod victory by outrunning defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom.
Kaiser made the winner's march up Front Street through cheers and applause arriving at the burled arch Wednesday at 3:39 a.m. with eight dogs. He finished the race in 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom came in a close second, finishing the race at 3:51 a.m., just 12 minutes later.
READ THE FULL STORY: Bethel's Peter Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod
2. Race Outlook: More finishers headed to Nome
The big finish is over, but many mushers are still on the trail.
Teams who make it to Nome will filter through the finish line at all hours of the day and night until the last one reaches the burled arch.
The final musher to reach Nome will win the Red Lantern award. In 2018, Magnus Kaltenborn won the Red Lantern after finishing the race in just under 13 days.
The first rookie to arrive at the end of the trail will earn the Rookie of the Year award, which includes a trophy and $2,000. This year, mushers Richie Beattie and Ed Hopkins are top contenders for the award recognizing rookies — however, while the two are considered first-timers on the Iditarod trail, both are experienced mushers.
READ MORE: Iditarod 47 - Live Race Blog
3. Iditarod Forecast: More snow on the way for Nome
Iditarod 2019 finishes with the second-highest snow depth in its 47-year history. As teams make their way into Nome and ceremonies continue, the weather will continue to be active. Nome has seen nearly 100 inches of snow this season and 58 inches of that is still on the ground. There's only been one other year with more snow on the ground during the Iditarod finish; that was in 2009.
Temperatures are starting out in the teens early Wednesday and will top out near 30 degrees, but with winds gusting to around 20 mph, the windchill will make it feel like it's in the single digits at times. Another 1–2 inches of snow is on the way early Wednesday before a break in the weather moves in for Thursday.
Temperatures will hold in the mid-20s through the end of the week with lows in the teens. Mostly cloudy skies are likely Thursday and Friday with chances for light snow heading into the weekend.
READ MORE: Second Snowiest Iditarod Finish on Record
4. Dog of the Day
In this last 2019 Iditarod edition of The Daily 5, we want to pay a special tribute to the superstars on the trail.
Leaders, middle-of-the-packers and dogs running at the wheel — Without these four-legged athletes, there would be no race.
Today, we celebrate all of the more than 700 dogs of Iditarod 47!
GALLERY: Dogs of Iditarod 47
5. A message from the KTVA trail crew
The entire KTVA Iditarod trail crew would like thank you for following our 2019 coverage of the Last Great Race!
While a winner has been announced, the race is still on for dozens of mushers and dog teams still on the trail.
Stay up-to-date with their progress on KTVA's live race blog and keep watching for unique stories from Nome.
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