Seventeen-year-old Evans finished with all 10 dogs just after noon on Sunday. At the finish banquet on Sunday evening, she was awarded the coveted Humanitarian Award, given to the racer who demonstrates extraordinary dog care on the trail. She was also presented with a $2,000 scholarship.
Evans ran dogs from Ryan and Erin Redington’s kennel. Ryan Redington is perennial Iditarod racer from the famed family that started the 1,000-mile event from Willow to Nome back in the ‘70s. The junior version is aimed at young mushers aged 14-17.
The race was won by Wasilla’s Kevin Harper, while Andrew Nolan, also of Wasilla, took second and Willlow’s Bailey Schaeffer nabbed a third-place finish as well as rookie-of-the-year honors.
The 1,000-mile Iditarod starts on Saturday with the ceremonial start in Anchorage, and the official restart in Willow on Sunday. KHNS will air updates started on March 7.