Waerner has won the 2020 Iditarod in Alaska

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Thomas Waerner has won the 2020 Iditarod. The Torpa, Norway native, who wore bib #40, was the first musher to cross the finish line. 

He crossed the White Mountain checkpoint at 5:35 am with 12 dogs in his harnett early Wednesday morning. He was presented with the Northrim Bank Achieve More Award with the win. 

Mushers with his dogs
Mushers with his dogs (Photo by Pixabay)

In addition, he received a $2,500 check by Northrop Bank Vice President Scotty Watkins. Also, Waerner received a one-of-a-kind print from a local Anchorage, Alaska artist Marianne Wieland. 

“Our award inspires all Alaskans to ‘achieve more’ and we are honored to celebrate the tradition of mushing in Alaska,” Northrim Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Schierhorn said. “As an Alaska grown bank, we know the pioneer spirit it takes to thrive in Alaska and also on the Iditarod trail. We appreciate the opportunity to honor the first musher into White Mountain with the Northrim Bank Achieve More Award.” 

Waerner will officially receive his Achieve More Award at a later date. He will be presented with the award at the Iditarod Awards Banquet when that does happen. 

This is his first win in “The Last Great Race.” According to iditarod.com, this was his second event trying out the Iditarod, as he also competed in the event in 2015. He also won the Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year Award in 2015.

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