Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the 2018 Iditarod champion and first-ever Achieve More Award winner in race history, a cash prize introduced by Northrim Bank last year.
Recounting this feat from his kennel, Joar said, “At first it was just a dream to be able to run the race. Once I’d done that I kind of wanted to try to go and win. It’s definitely a lot of emotions coming in first place. I did that part out on the trail, and I came into Nome happy.”
Northrim is an Alaska-grown bank and Lead Dog sponsor of the Iditarod.