Norwegian musher wins Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher is once again the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

    Thomas Waerner of Norway easily won this year’s race, running his sled dog under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome early Wednesday morning after driving his team off the Bering Sea ice.

    Waerner’s closest competitor was three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who was about five hours behind. He crossed the finish line at 12:30 AM with 10 dogs in harness.

    This is the second time the 47-year-old Waerner has run the Iditarod.

    He earned Rookie of the Year honors for his 17th place finish in 2015.

    Two other Norwegian mushers have won the Iditarod.

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