The Yukon musher who brought the red lantern into Nome to finish this year's Iditarod sled dog race says the trail this year was one of the toughest in Iditarod history.

Marcelle Fressineau of Whitehorse crossed the finish line on Saturday just seconds after the second-last musher Lisbet Norris.

Fressineau says she wasn't sure she would be able to complete the 1,600 kilometre race right up until the end.

"I only have one good lead dog and he led from Anchorage to Nome alone in front, so it was very difficult for him," she said.

Fressineau finished the Yukon Quest two years ago. She says other mushers told her the Iditarod would be easier but she says she found the iditarod trail much tougher this year.

Alaskan Dallas Seavey won the race March 11 in a record eight days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

Hans Gatt of Whitehorse finished in ninth place, and Michelle Phillips of Tagish finished in 20th place.