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Winner of the Iditarod!

Posted: March 17, 2022

He mushed, and he mushed, and he mushed . . .

and on Tuesday, he won.

Musher Brent Sass won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska on March 15. He and his team of 11 dogs dashed down Front Street in Nome, Alaska. They crossed the finish line just before 6 a.m.

“It’s awesome. It’s a dream come true,” Mr. Sass says behind his icy beard and mustache. He received a check for $50,000 for his win.

But Mr. Sass didn’t do the work alone. He’s very proud of his dog team. “I asked a lot of them, and they performed perfectly,” he says. “Every one of these dogs I’ve raised since puppies. And we’ve been working towards this goal the whole time, and we’re here.”

Fans lined the street to welcome Mr. Sass and his dogs.

Mr. Sass is 42 years old. He has raced in the Iditarod seven times. But he has never won before. The race is nearly 1,000 miles long. This year, it started on March 6. The route takes mushers along Alaska’s untamed and unforgiving wilderness. That includes two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River, and Bering Sea ice.

During the last few miles of the race, Mr. Sass took a tumble. His sled went off the trail. Meanwhile, extreme winds blew. “I couldn’t see anything,” he says. But the dogs helped him find his way back to the route.

Mr. Sass finished the race in eight days, 14 hours, 38 minutes, and 43 seconds. (Five-time winner Dallas Seavey was behind him. He crossed the finish about an hour later.) Mr. Sass picked up other prizes too for being the first to arrive at several villages along the trail. These included $13,000 in cash and gold nuggets and 25 pounds of salmon.

Congratulations to Mr. Sass and his team!

Soon before his death, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter that said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Do you think he felt something like Mr. Sass did as he crossed the finish line?

Brent Sass poses with lead dogs Morello, left, and Slater, right, after finishing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on March 15, 2022. (Anne Raup/Anchorage Daily News via AP)