Last Iditarod musher crosses Nome finish in record time

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002

NOME (AP) -- The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race reached Nome in record time. And so did the last musher to cross the finish line.

David Straub, 41, of Willow, became the fastest last-place finisher in the race's 30-year history. On Sunday, he earned the annual Red Lantern award by being the final musher -- 55th overall -- to arrive in Nome.

Straub completed the 1,100-mile race in 14 days, 5 hours and 38 minutes, beating the previous record by four minutes. He arrived at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, in time for the mushers' banquet that started at 5 p.m.

Martin Buser of Big Lake was the first musher to arrive in Nome, completing the race in a record 8 days, 22 hours and 46 minutes.

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