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3 Iditarod mushers rescued because of poor trail conditions

Three mushers participating in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were rescued Friday after they activated their SOS beacons because of deep overflows of water on the trail near the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome.

Musher’s journey from feeding sled dogs to winning Iditarod

As a young boy with a passion for sled dog racing, Pete Kaiser started out feeding the animals for a competitor before going on to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year. The 31-year-old Alaska resident helped out his mentor before eventually beating him in a race. Kaiser won the world’s premier sled dog race Wednesday on his 10th try. He says he tried to put together his years of knowledge to win the long journey across the Alaska wilderness.

French musher loses Iditarod lead when dogs quit

French musher Nicolas Petit looked like he was in solid control of the world’s most famous sled dog race and about to erase a year of doubts and second-guessing after a last minute misstep cost him the 2017 title. Then the dogs quit on him Monday morning.

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

A Frenchman continues to lead this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint in Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome. He left about five hours of ahead of the defending champion, Norwegian Joar Ulsom, and Alaskan Pete Kaiser. Seven other mushers are also out of Eagle Island.

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle takes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle is leading in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She is seeking to become the first woman to win in nearly three decades. Zirkle is a three-time second-place finisher in the 1,000-mile race. She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint Wednesday morning, 432 miles into the race. The late Susan Butcher was the most recent female Iditarod champion. She won the race four times between 1986 and 1990.

Norwegian maintains Iditarod lead, loses out on beaver mitts

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom retakes the lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race. But he missed out on a pair of mitts made out of beaver and a new musher’s hat. French man Nicolas Petit was the first musher to reach the community of McGrath, winning the prizes made by locals. Ulsom, the defending champion, breezed into the checkpoint about 90 minutes later on Tuesday and immediately left to reclaim the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Frenchman turned Alaskan leads in the early stages of Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A French man who saw the Iditarod slip from his grasp when he got lost in a blizzard last year is again leading the world’s most famous sled dog race. Nicolas Petit was the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher to arrive Monday in Rainy Pass, a community of two people and a lodge that’s open year-round.

Iditarod champion’s dream started small – with little dogs

The champion of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race dreamed of the moment since he was a boy growing up in Norway. Joar Ulsom watched videos of the world’s most famous sled dog race and had his neighbors’ two small house dogs pull him around on skis. His native Norway celebrated the musher, who said his win Wednesday in Alaska was “out of this world.”

Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point

A reduced purse means a smaller paycheck for the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The winner is expected to receive about $50,000, which is significantly reduced from the $71,000 that last year’s winner received. Alaska’s recession, pressure on sponsors and an attempt to ensure the race’s future are behind the lower purse, according to race officials.

Iditarod musher claims race official threatened him

Alleged intimidation is another black mark for the Iditarod, Alaska’s long-distance sled dog race already reeling from a dog doping scandal, loss of a major sponsor and increased pressure from animal rights activists. Musher Wade Marrs claims Dr. Morrie Craig, Iditarod’s director of drug testing, threatened to expose him as having a positive drug test on his dogs in last year’s race. The Iditarod says Marrs’ team didn’t have a positive test. Attempts to reach Craig weren’t successful.

Iditarod race kicks off with ceremonial start

Cheering fans lined the streets of Alaska’s largest city as mushers and their dogs took a short sprint through town Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding

The world’s most famous dog sled race was dealt another blow from a doping scandal that follows the loss of major sponsors, numerous dog deaths and pressure from animal rights activists. Four huskies have tested positive for a banned painkiller and the four-time Iditarod champion who owns them says he may have been sabotaged. A veterinarian who treats sled dogs says the drug in questions causes drowsiness and sees no benefit to its use during a race.

Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding

Cycling. Baseball. Track. Horse racing. Now dogsledding has become the latest professional sport to be engulfed in a doping scandal, this one involving the huskies that dash across the frozen landscape in Alaska’s grueling, 1,000-mile Iditarod.

Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska’s Iditarod

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.