Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

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Attacked Musher Finishes 3rd in Iditarod

A 'bittersweet' ending for Aliy Zirkle, as Dallas Seavey takes 1st again

(Newser) - Musher Aliy Zirkle has completed a bittersweet Iditarod. Zirkle finished third in this year's race Tuesday morning, bringing her team of 13 dogs down Nome's Front Street through a boisterous crowd chanting her name. It's Zirkle's fifth top five finish in the last five years. But... More »

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 »

Iditarod Winner Beats Dad Across Finish Line

Mitch and Dallas Seavey have won the last 4 years

(Newser) - Dallas Seavey has won his third Iditarod in the last four years, beating his father to the finish line in Nome early today after racing 1,000 miles across Alaska. He came in under the city's famous burled-arch finish line to wild applause from fans lining the street. An... 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 »

Evolving Iditarod Gets Set to Mush

Jamaican musher, pot ban, shriveling purse new to famed race

(Newser) - The 38th running of the world's most famous sled dog race kicks off today with a ceremonial start in Anchorage amid depleted finances that have slashed the cash purse even as the cost of mushing climbs. Yet the mystique of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race keeps drawing... 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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