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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 »

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 »

Blind Dog on Iditarod Sled Team

'Laura' still a big part of Kelly Maixner's pack

(Newser) - A blind dog is helping musher Kelly Maixner find the Iditarod finish line in Alaska. The 5-year-old, 50-pound sled dog named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus, reports Anchorage television station KTUU . But Laura is comfortable running in every spot on Maixner's sled team—except lead. When the... 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 »

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