From reality TV to real-deal musher, Jessie Holmes captures Iditarod rookie honors

A reality TV star cemented his reputation as a real-deal dog driver Wednesday by claiming the Rookie of the Year award in the 46th running of the Iditarod.

Jessie Holmes, who is featured on the National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" reality show, grabbed seventh place in the 1,000-mile sled dog race.

Holmes, 36, reached Nome at 2:39 p.m. with 10 dogs in harness. He finished a little less than 12 hours after winner Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Willow crossed the finish line at 3 a.m.


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