FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013, 9:15 Alaska Time.
Clarification of Teams Arriving into Nome
After an amazing run up the coast, we experienced a very exciting finish with teams crossing the line just 23 seconds apart. Team #23 did cross the line first, but their course time was actually just under a minute behind that of Team #17.
There was some initial confusion about who was in first place, but the simple answer is to look at who has the shortest course time. Team #17 has the least amount of time on the trail and is the fastest team to reach Nome. Details about the Contingency Prizes can be found here, add the key is to read the definitions closely. Many prizes are based on the fastest course time (not necessarily the first to arrive in a location).
Congratulations to Team #23 for a hard fought race and their gains made along the coast.