Iditarod musher Blair Braverman makes it to Nome
Blair Braverman, the 30-year-old rookie musher from Wisconsin, checked in to Nome at 10:17 a.m. Sunday, taking 36th place in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Braverman arrived at the burled arch with eight dogs in harness. She finished the race in 13 days, 19 hours and 17 minutes. Her average speed was 2.98 miles per hour, according to standings on Iditarod.com.
Despite this year's race being Braverman's first Iditarod, she's built up a large following on social media. As an author and correspondent for Outside Magazine, she documented her path to the Last Great Race on Twitter and thousands fell in love with her dog team. Those fans now call themselves #UglyDogs.
In an interview with NPR, Braverman said the name for the group arose when someone on social media told her to, "go back to your ugly dogs, Karen." Her Twitter followers — more than 73,000-strong as of her Iditarod finish — assumed the moniker.
The #UglyDogs have supported Braverman and other teams throughout the race on social media, as well as in real-life via "mushergrams." They even raised money for students at a rural Alaska school.
According to Braverman's Iditarod.com biography, she was born and raised in California. Growing up, she learned about the Iditarod and went to Norway as a teenager to learn more about mushing.
Braverman started mushing in 2008. By 2014, she got her own dog team and has been working toward running the Iditarod ever since.
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