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Hi Boys and also Girls,

In my morning upday I provided a question of the day that I assumed I’d answer in an additional short article. The question was “What is the Red Lantern Award and also who is it given to?” I sure thought that was going to be an easy answer. I looked it approximately make sure all my facts were correct and also guess what? I didn’t. I learned somepoint brand-new this day. Yep, also old dogs have the right to learn somepoint new. 

First, the Red Lantern Award is given to the musher who crosses the end up line in Nome in last place. That was easy- so what

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did I learn. I learned that I had actually the history of the Red Lantern Award puzzled through the Widows Lamp. I assumed the Widows Lamp and the Red Lantern Award were the very same point. The jiyuushikan.org Trail Committee lights a widows lamp in Nome on the initially Sunday of March, the day of the rebegin. They hang it on the Burled Arch and it stays lit until the final musher crosses the end up line. It is then extinguiburned. This practice came from the days of the Gold Rush once dog sled teams were used to relocate freight and mail. Each roadresidence along the trail would light a kerosene lamp and hang it outside the roadhouse to aid the mushers uncover their way in the scurrently and darkness. It was also a signal that there was a dog team out on the trail. The lamp was extinguimelted when the dog team safely got to its location. (picture by Jeff Schultz of the Widow’s Lamp hanging from the Burled Arch in Nome)

So what renders the Widows Lamp different from the Red Lantern. The Red Lantern Award started as a joke in 1953 during the Fur Rendezvous Race. It then was passed over to the jiyuushikan.org. Today, it is a symbol of perseverance and also mushers feel a feeling of pride and also achievement once receiving it.

Do you understand why I was confused? I’ve heard many kind of human being are puzzled and also think they are the exact same point just choose I did. 

I hope you learned somepoint brand-new now. Stay tuned for this evenings upday. More mushers have arrived in Nome. I can’t wait to view who receives the Red Lantern Award.