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Royer takes 3rd in Iditarod race

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:01:11-04

One national sporting event that didn't get canceled is drawing to a close in Alaska, as the first mushers and their dogs crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska, in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Ennis native and Darby resident Jessie Royer matched her career best race with a third place finish - in 9 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes in 16 seconds, just over seven hours behind winner Thomas Warner of Norway.

It was the eighth top 10 finish for Royer out of nearly 20 runs in the Iditarod.

Royer won her fifth Race To The Sky in Lincoln in February.

Royer's bio on the Iditarod website states: "She grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana where she lived for 21 years. She worked on ranches as a horse wrangler and horse teamster. She says she got her first sled dogs when she was 15. She started learning about dogs from Doug Swingley whom she worked with for a couple of years. She had dogs in Montana seven years before moving to Alaska in the spring on 1998. She won Montana’s Race to the Sky when she was only 17."