Yesterday, Alaskan native John Baker and his team of ten faithful canines crossed the finish line, achieving a record-breaking time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds -- three hours faster than the previous record.
“I feel good. Real good,” Baker said in the finish chute. “Running a team like this, there’s nothing better. They are willing to climb any obstacle and make the most of it. I’m really proud of them.”
Baker is 48 years old and hails from Kotzebue, Alaska.
“I didn’t figure I had the race for sure. I didn’t allow myself to think like that,” Baker said. “I just needed to take care of my own business. Take care of running the dogs. Make sure that they could arrive here in the quickest possible way and being fair with them, not asking too much of them."
Congratulations to John and his record-breaking time.