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Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser Wins Iditarod

Pete Kaiser has become the latest Alaska Native to win the Iditarod dog sled race. He crossed the finish line early Wednesday.  Pete Kaiser has become the latest Alaska Native to win the Iditarod dog sled race. He crossed the finish line early Wednesday.  |  Photo: Carl Sauer, WDIO-TV

Created: March 13, 2019 06:47 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Pete Kaiser has become the latest Alaska Native to win the Iditarod dog sled race.

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Kaiser won the race for the first time early Wednesday, crossing the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom.

Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea ice and mushed down Nome's main street to the famed burled arch finish line.

The 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race began March 3 north of Anchorage.

Kaiser, who is Yupik, is from the southwest Alaska community of Bethel.

Four other Alaska Native mushers have won the race, including John Baker, an Inupiaq from Kotzebue, in 2011.

Kaiser will receive $50,000 and a new pickup truck for the victory.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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