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By Betty Vanderwielen

Local Iditarod musher racks up awards


March 26, 2020

Melissa Shelby, Iditarod Trail Committee

Seeley Lake part-time resident Jessie Royer at the Willow Lake restart Sunday, March 8.

ALASKA – Nine days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds after leaving Anchorage, Seeley Lake part-time resident Jessie Royer mushed her dogsled team into Nome, Alaska to a third-place finish in the 2020 Iditarod race. She arrived March 18, seven hours after first-place finisher Thomas Waerner from Torpa, Norway and just one hour after Mitch Seavey from Seward, Alaska. Prize money for each Iditarod involves a complicated algorithm, awarding incrementally increasing amounts for finishers 1-20. The rest of the finishers receive $1,049 each, symbolic of the approximately 1,000-mile race acros...

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