Iditarod Fast-Fact: Earning the Red Lantern
But there is also the “Red Lantern” award for another racer: Whoever finishes the Iditarod in last place earns the famed award.
Make no mistakes, the honor isn’t given to the racer to make fun of them, but it signifies that every musher on the trail has been accounted for and (hopefully) is safe.
Along the same line, every racer who completes the entire race earns a special belt buckle.
Mushers who “scratch,” meaning they opted to give up on the race for a variety of reasons, don’t earn anything.
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