Twins Kristy and Anna Berington arrived in Nome together Thursday, each claiming their best Iditarod finish yet. 

Kristy crossed under the burled arch first, at 2:04 p.m. taking 16th place, followed by Anna and her team in 17th place at 2:05 p.m. 

The sisters operate the Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing kennel together in Knik, Alaska, and are rarely far from one another on the trail. 

This is Kristy's 10th year competing in the Iditarod and Anna's eighth.

Anna Berington heads in to the Takotna checkpoint during the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Daniella Rivera / KTVA)
Kristy Berington with her dog team as they arrive in Takotna during the 2019 Iditarod. (Daniella Rivera / KTVA)

"That was the goal, to hopefully get top 20, and then everybody tries to, you know, one up your goal, 'Make it top 15, make it top 10,' and I was like 'Woah, one step at a time, top 20 would be phenomenal,' so to finally get here feels really, really good and to have Anna alongside me for the whole journey is even better," said Kristy.  

Anna described tough trail conditions that made impossible to stay dry, and the struggle of having a lead dog in heat. 

"She’s such an amazing dog herself, but when she’s doing her thing she wasn’t the dog that she usually is so I couldn’t use her in lead so much and then all the boys were interested in her, so it definitely added a stress level that I didn’t want, but I couldn’t do it without her," Anna said. 

Kristy said they tried out new strategies on the trail this year, including a rest stop in Skwentna, but they're already thinking of things to do differently next year. 

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