|One of Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott’s team dogs moves out from under straw she just covered it with in the village of Tanana during the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 8, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)|
Abbott and her dog team finished the 1,000-mile race in 12 days, 2 hours, 57 minutes and 31 seconds. That was four days slower than the record-setting pace set by three-time winner Mitch Seavey, who finished the run from Fairbanks to Nome in 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes.
... Abbott first won the Red Lantern in 2015. The Iditarod Trail Committee called the annual award "a symbol of perseverance" in a statement Saturday. It will be presented to Abbott in Nome on Sunday during the Iditarod awards banquet.