WHITE MOUNTAIN, Alaska — Longtime Montana resident Jessie Royer achieved a personal milestone Wednesday by finishing third in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Royer and her team of 11 huskies arrived under the burled arch in Nome, Alaska, at 9:34 a.m. some five hours and 55 minutes behind winner Peter Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska. Kaiser finished 12 minutes ahead of runner-up Joar Lefseth Ulsom of Norway, the defending champion.
Royer, 42, who was raised on a ranch outside of Ennis and has also lived in several other small Montana towns, completed the 998-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in 9 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 5 seconds. Her previous best finish was fourth in 2015 and she finished fifth in 2017.
Royer has finished in the top 10 seven times and owns the second-fastest time ever accomplished by a woman at the Iditarod.