Eagle River’s Daugherty finishes 2017 Iditarod in 44th place

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 13:31

Larry Daugherty has finished his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Now comes the hard part.

Daugherty, a 41-year-old oncologist from Eagle River, finished the 988-mile race from Fairbanks to Nome in 44th place at 6:29 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. He had 11 dogs in harness and completed the race in 10 days, 18 hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds — more than a full day faster than his 63rd place finish as a rookie in 2016.

Daugherty is trying to become the first person to complete the Iditarod and climb Mt. Everest in the same year. He leaves for a climbing expedition to the Himalayas next month.

The director of radiation oncology at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, Daugherty hopes to bring prayer flags to the top of Everest in honor of his cancer patients. He’s also trying to raise money for Radiating Hope, a charity he works with that brings radiation equipment to underserved parts of the world.

To learn more about Daugherty’s charity, visit radiatinghope.org.

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