2018 Iditarod Champion Set with Double Gold Relief

2018 Iditarod Champion Set with Double Gold Relief
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 From the Alaska Daily News,  authors Tegan Hanlon and Beth Bragg, March 14, 2018:

NOME — Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom fulfilled his childhood dream early Wednesday when he and his eight-dog team crossed the finish line here, winning the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after 9 days and 12 hours on the trail.

"It's unreal," said the 31-year-old musher who currently lives in Willow. "I dreamed about it for a long time and this (is) actually happening. I don't know what to say — it's going to sink in at some point."

Since his first Iditarod in 2013, Leifseth Ulsom has been a top performer in the race year after year. His worst finish is seventh. He placed fourth last year. He's steady. He's calm. He's quiet. He's consistent.

This year, he finally got his shot at victory. And he took it.

At 3 a.m. Wednesday, Leifseth Ulsom drove a team of eight perky dogs, led by 3-year-old Olive and 4-year-old Russeren, down a snowy and spectator-lined Front Street in the 4-degree cold. Leifseth Ulsom smiled. The crowd cheered.

"It's pretty unreal that we pulled it off," he said. "It's out of this world."

 

In 2018 Iditarod celebrates its 46th Anniversary. The Last Great Race On Earth is how the 1049 mile Iditarod sled dog race is known. Stretching from Anchorage to Nome, this race is one of the most grueling events in the world. Following the historic trail that in 1925 was used by dog team to bring 300,000 units of life-saving diphtheria serum to an epidemic in Nome. These medallions are limited edition and come in a variety of metal combinations, a nice addition to your Iditarod collection. 

A donation from the sale of each medallion is made to the Iditarod committee to help bring back the race year after year. 

This 2-coin set includes both the Official Iditarod and Iditarod Champiuon Medallions that are limited edition, multi-struck proof and made of 1 ounce of pure silver with 24k gold highlights on both sides of each coin, they are about the size of a silver dollar and come packaged in an airtite container and gift box.

We are still designing the Champion medallion, the set should be ready to ship in early April.

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