On Tuesday morning, the mushers and their dogs awoke with only a few checkpoints ahead of them in their chase to win the 2014 Iditarod.
As it turns out, Dallas Seavey took home the mantle of champion, winning his second Iditarod. Seavey pulled into Nome at 4:04 a.m., after taking eight days, 13 hours, four minutes and 19 seconds to finish the race. In second place is Aliy Zirkle, who finished two minutes and 22 seconds behind Seavey. For Zirkle, she finishes second for the third straight year.
Seavey was able to take advantage of a storm that caused all sorts of chaos for those in the lead. In fact, Savery was not even aware he had won the race until 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line, according to USA Today.
Jeff King, a winner of four Iditarod's, could not hold a his hour-lead over the competition, being blown off course by the wind and a blizzard. Ultimately, King scratched after his team would no longer run.
For those still on the course, the weather is downright balmy in Alaska, with 31 degrees and light snow. More importantly, the visibility is 10 miles.
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For a look at the complete standings, click here.