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By Andi Bourne

Royer takes third in Iditarod


March 21, 2019

Eye on the Trail/Terrie Hanke

Jessie Royer smiles as she congratulates her lead dogs Seal and Striker shortly after finishing the 2019 Iditarod sled dog race in Nome. Royer's kennel is in the Placid Lake area

ALASKA – After crossing under the burled arch in Nome at the end of the 2019 Iditarod sled dog race, musher Jessie Royer dropped her snow hook and worked her way to the front of her 11-dog team loving and thanking her dogs. When asked why, she replied, "I'm here because the dogs got me here. They deserve the credit."

Placid Lake area part time resident Royer, 42, and her 14-dog team took third place in the 1,000-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. This success came on the heels of placing ninth in the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile international sled dog race from Whitehorse, Y...

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