Thomas Waerner Wins the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

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With the sports world ground to a halt, all eyes were on Alaska for the results of the 48th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Musher Thomas Waerner of Norway won the event early Wednesday, crossing the finish line with 10 of his sled dogs to become just the fourth non-Alaskan athlete to win the race.

The 47-year-old Waerner finished the race in 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes, 47 seconds in his second time running in the Iditarod. Waerner is the third musher from Norway to win the race, joining fellow countrymen Robert Sorlie (2003 and 2005) and Joar Leifseth Ulsom (2018) as winners.

The Iditarod was one of the few sports events around the world to not be called off or postponed during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. While events like the “Meet the Musher” and post-race celebrations…

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