Cicatello and Red Lantern Jonrowe Close Out 2015 Kuskokwim 300

by Ben Matheson on January 19, 2015

Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson  / KYUK.

Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

With the arrival of the final musher, veteran Dee Dee Johnrowe, all of the Kuskowkim 300 mushers are safely off the trail.

Jonrowe came into Bethel at 1:24 Monday morning with a team of 6 dogs. She was moving slowly on the trail from Tuluksak and spent time parked on the ice outside of Kwethluk. Jonrowe thanked each of her young dogs in the chute and said she was glad to be back in Bethel.

“This is our first race. And it’s a tough race, they haven’t seen these conditions. I didn’t really train for this, it’s part of my training. I’m rebuilding my front end,” said Jonrowe.

Rookie Tara Cicatello crossed the finish line early Monday morning. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Rookie Tara Cicatello crossed the finish line early Monday morning. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Rookie Tara Cicatello arrived earlier at 12:39 a.m. with a team of seven dogs, including one in the sled bag. Cicatello is a handler for fellow K300 musher Rolland Trowbridge in Nome. She said she was proud of her team for bringing her across the line in her first-ever sled dog race.

“I had Walnut out in lead by herself, and I had never done that before. Some of my other leaders were not really leading, so I just tried it out and she did great and I’m so proud of her, she’s wonderful. So Walnut: ‘thank you.’”

Part of Cicatello’s race plan involved evaluating dogs for Rolland Trowbridge’s Yukon Quest team in February.

The K300 banquet takes place Monday evening in Bethel.

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