Sled dog team with Lakewood connection finishes Iditarod

Staff writerMarch 16, 2014 

Musher Yvonne Daabakk greets fans at the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Willow, Alaska. The race will take mushers nearly a thousand miles to the finish line in Nome, on Alaska's western coast.

MARC LESTER — AP/Anchorage Daily News

The Norwegian sled dog team that stopped in Lakewood on the way to Alaska last May finished the Iditarod sled dog race Saturday.

Musher Yvonne Daabakk reached Nome, the end of the roughly 1,000-mile race, about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Her team finished 45th out of the 49 teams that finished the race. Husband Kenneth was waiting for her.

She finished with 11 of the 16 dogs she started the race with March 2. All were resting and doing well, the couple said on their Facebook page Sunday.

They weren’t immediately reached by phone.

The Daabakks became friends with Lakewood Ford salesman Rick Bauer, who worked for months to arrange their arrival with 22 dogs in Seattle before they drove north with the truck he sold them.

Bauer said he plans to visit the team when they race in next year’s Iditarod.

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