Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Joar Ulsom of Norway has won the world's most famous sled dog race after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain.

After nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), Ulsom came off the Bering Sea ice just outside Nome and ran the last few blocks as a crowd cheered him on. He becomes the third person born outside the U.S. to claim the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

He picks up about $50,000, a drop from the 2017 winner's earnings of more than $71,000.

The race is suffering financially and has lost a major sponsor in the last year. Organizers have blamed animal rights activists for putting pressure on sponsors.

The Iditarod also has been marked by fallout from its first-ever dog doping scandal. New rules this year made mushers responsible for any positive drug test.