Thomas Waerner Wins 2020 Iditarod

by | Mar 19, 2020

Thomas Waerner Wins! It was so fun watching the finish line in Nome via livestream! With 252 people on the chat, I felt like I was at a party!

When one of our guests, Stephen (from Illinois) stayed at Alaska Backcountry Cottages (AKBCC) the night of the restart in Willow my curiosity was ignited!

Stephen from Illinois stays at AKBCC
Stephen pins his hometown on the AKBCC map

After the restart, Stephen took the scenic drive to our beautiful stand alone cottages at AKBCC, for a night in the fabulous new Forget-Me-Not Cottage with an amazing view!

Thomas Waerner won the almost 1000 mile race on March 18, 2020  in 9 days, 10 hours and 37 minutes. Thomas is 47 yrs old and lives in Norway and this is his second Iditarod Race. Last time, in 2015, he came in 17th place. His wife, Guro, is a veterinarian who supports him and with her expertise, helps with the dogs. 

The Iditarod, “the last great race” began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers through blizzards. The race has started in downtown Anchorage since 1983. The race starts the first Saturday in March and ends when the last musher reaches Nome,  The mushers and dogs experience whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach −100 °F (−73 °C). There are an average of  65 teams starting the race each year.

Map Courtesy of the Iditarod Trail Committee

I look forward to following the Iditarod every year from the warmth of AKBCC!



What a great place! Everything you need and very well designed. Great amount of counter space 👌. The views out the front window and deck are fantastic. – Mike H.

Highly Recommended!

This place is wonderful! The view of the mountain range is excellent and the spot is secluded if your looking to wind down. Highly recommended if you are wanting to adventure in the Palmer-Wasilla area. The cottage was clean and the bed was comfortable. The owner left milk, a few eggs, coffee, oatmeal and snacks for us. It was a nice surprise. – Courtney D.

Linda Cox

With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 60 years old, happily married with eight children and has been living with Multiple Sclerosis since 1995. Linda’s unexpected path in life has led to her helping others choose happiness in their own realities. Linda thoroughly enjoys getting to know guests from all over the world, staying at Alaska Backcountry Cottages!