CaribWorldNews, NOME, Alaska, Mon. Mar. 22, 2010: A 26-year-old Jamaican man has made history by becoming the first from his country to finish the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
After nearly two weeks on the trail, Newton Marshall and his team crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska Friday evening, March 19th, to complete the 2010 Iditarod. Marshall completed the race in 47th place out of 56 competitors in a time of 12 days, 4 hours, 27 minutes and 28 seconds.
He and his team of 11 dogs arrived at the finish line at 7:27 p.m. AKST. His trainer, Lance Mackey, was there to greet him as he waved a huge Jamaican flag with pride.
`I`ve been feeling good at every checkpoint. There has been somebody saying their comments, that they`re `Rootin` for Newton`. Yeah mon,` he told the crowd as he arrived. `Jamaica did it again!`
Marshall reached the White Mountain checkpoint early Friday morning at 12:27 am after traveling for six hours and 22 minutes. A crowd of locals stayed up to greet the Jamaican musher and his team upon their arrival. The team then had a mandatory eight hour layover at the checkpoint. Marshall departed shortly after it was complete, hitting the trail again at 8:32 am Friday morning with 11 dogs on the line.
He arrived at the checkpoint in Safety at 3:47 pm and only stopped for a minute. He was back on the trail for about three and a half hours to complete the trek to the finish line in Nome.