Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

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Guy Busted in Fatal Iditarod Hit, Says He Was Drunk

It was all an accident, 'I don't do stuff like that,' says Arnold Demoski

(Newser) - The 26-year-old Alaskan who says he was driving blackout drunk when he hit two Iditarod sled dog teams Saturday , killing one dog and injuring others, has been arrested and charged on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and six counts of criminal mischief, reports the Los Angeles Times . Arnold... More »

Snowmobiler Rams Iditarod Teams, Kills Dog, Injures Others

'Someone tried to kill me'

(Newser) - One dog is dead and at least six more are injured after a snowmobiler purposely rammed into two sled-dog teams competing in the Iditarod early Saturday in Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers . The AP reports the attacks happened near the village of Nulato on the Yukon River. The snowmobile... More »

Alaska Has to Bring in Snow for Iditarod

7 rail cars filled with the white stuff due into Anchorage before dog-sled race

(Newser) - Seven rail cars are scheduled to pull into Alaska on Thursday, and they'll be packed with a precious commodity one wouldn't think Anchorage would need: snow for the famous Iditarod dog-sled race that begins Saturday, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's no secret that warm temperatures... More »

Dallas Seavey Wins a Crazy Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle takes 2nd for 3rd year straight

(Newser) - Dallas Seavey has won his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in a climactic finish that saw him speed past two competitors in the final 77 miles. During that span, Seavey, 26, passed Aliy Zirkle, who came in second, as well as four-time winner Jeff King. Zirkle has now come... More »

Iditarod Winner Is Race's Oldest Ever

Mitch Seavey scores 2nd victory at age 53

(Newser) - This year's Iditarod winner is its oldest ever—and he just happens to be the father of last year's winner , the youngest ever. Mitch Seavey, 53, and his 10 dogs finished the grueling 1,000-mile race in nine days, 7 hours, and 39 minutes, the AP reports. He... More »

Youngest Musher Ever Wins Iditarod

Dallas Seavey, 25, first to cross the line in Nome

(Newser) - A 25-year-old five-time Iditarod racer became the youngest musher ever to win the grueling sled-dog contest. The first thing Dallas Seavey did at the end of the 1,000-mile race in Nome yesterday was to greet family and friends—then hug his nine dogs, reports AP . "They mean the... More »

Musher Saves Iditarod Dog With Mouth-to-Muzzle Resuscitation

'Come back to me, Marshall,' Scott Janssen pleaded with husky

(Newser) - Iditarod racer Scott Janssen did what any man in love would do to save his pal: He locked lips on his husky's muzzle to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when the dog collapsed. His husky Marshall "was running really tight on the line, no problems at all, and all... More »

Mackey Defends Iditarod Crown

'They're the best dogs, hands-down,' winner says of Alaskan canine team

(Newser) - Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today, crossing the finish line in Nome, Alaska, after 1,100 miles over 9½ days, the AP reports—despite unseasonably warm weather and occasionally quarrelsome dogs. "I don't know exactly how to explain it," said Mackey, a... More »

Warming Alters Sled Dog Race

Too little snow, too much development move Iditarod start north

(Newser) - Global warming and development are impinging on the world’s most famous dogsled race and forcing it to make route changes, the AP reports. Organizers of Alaska’s Iditarod say the 1,100-mile race's ceremonial starting route will shrink from 18 to 11 miles, and the competitive start will be... More »

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