Last musher crosses finish line in 2015 Yukon Quest; Rob Cooke takes home red lantern

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The last musher has crossed the finish line in the 2015 Yukon Quest.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( reports 48-year-old Rob Cooke of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, claimed the red lantern Friday after what he called "13 days of hell" in the 1,000-mile race.

The British-born musher suffered a frost-bitten nose in temperatures that dipped well below minus 40 in the early part of the race.

He says he pushed his team too hard early when the when extreme cold should have dictated a slower approach.

He says he nearly scratched twice but was rejuvenated by race volunteers during long rests.

He says earning the finisher's patch made the ordeal worth it.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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