Alaskan Wins Iditarod in Smashing Fashion

March 15, 2011 – 4:31 pm by TheRiot

Something tells me John Baker won’t have to buy a drink in his hometown for quite awhile.

And when you live above the Arctic Circle, well, it seems like there would be plenty of reason to nip the bottle aside from what is sure to be quite a celebration in Baker’s hometown of Kotzebue, Alaska.

The cause for merriment? Baker won the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, guiding his team from Anchorage to the finish line in Nome in record-breaking fashion. He completed the 1,100-mile course in eight days, 19 hours and 46 minutes. That’s a whopping three hours ahead of the old record.

Oh, it gets better: He’s also the first native Alaskan to win since 1976 and first Eskimo in the history of the race to capture victory.

Not bad, dude. Not bad at all.

For his efforts, Baker was awarded a check for $50,400, keys to a new truck and floral wreaths for his lead dogs. You’d think the dogs would’ve earned something a little more than that.

Maybe a night or two with some local bit–ah, nevermind.

Congratulations to you, John Baker, and your team of dogs on an excellent run in the world’s most prestigious sled dog race. Your accomplishments are grand indeed.

Now make sure you fill out a bracket.

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  1. One Response to “Alaskan Wins Iditarod in Smashing Fashion”

  2. I had my annual review this past week. Apparently, I don’t think about chemistry enough when I’m not in the lab.

    Despite this, I sat here for a couple of seconds and pondered why Baker would be using dogs made out of lead. Wouldn’t they weigh him down and slow the team?

    Lead dog, dumbass. Like, LEED, not led. *sigh*

    Anyway, congrats John Baker. Way to shatter the old record, despite using dogs cast out of some of the densest metal known to man.

    By MJenks on Mar 16, 2011

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