In addition to taking 11, 13, and 14th place checks, the Kusko Trio also picked up Awards that are truly honored in dogsled mushing.
Mike Williams Jr. was selected by the other mushers for the Sportsmanship Award. He was presented the trophy by Aaron Burmeister, who he came upon on the trail to Nikolai and assisted in getting Aaron back on his sled with a knee injury.
Mike received an engraved trophy presented at the Nome banquet by Aaron Burmeister, President of Iditarod Official Finishers Club. He also received a check for $1,049.00 from ITC and a plaque.
Richie Diehl placed 14th in the 2014 Iditarod, improving a whopping 22 places over his 36th place finish in his rookie race. Richie won the Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award which honors the musher who has bettered his/her last previous finish by the most number of places. He received an engraved trophy plus $2,000.00 presented at Nome banquet by Kenny Gill, Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines.
Guess What? I found a whole set of Video Clips that I forgot about! (Nome will do that to you) This looks like the same, but it has a better ending from the dog yard if you are interested. Worth the wait!!
Pete and the Team were out of the last Layover in White Mountain. After two good breaks, I am expecting a pretty fast time into Safety and then the Finish. The skies are clearing a bit here in Nome and the Moon is visible through the light smattering of clouds. It should be a pretty enjoyable run considering the challenges of yesterday. Stay tuned. I will be posting updates AND we do have a musher in bound during the night– Mike Williams!! It’s going to be a great evening of mushing!