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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit, of France, poses with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. Nearly a third of the 57 mushers in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have quit the race before finishing, including Petit, who activated an alert button seeking rescue Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, because of weather conditions. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

3 Iditarod mushers rescued because of poor trail conditions

Mar. 20, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

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. Even before the rescue of 52-year-old Tom Knolmayer, 28-year-old Sean...

FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit, of France, poses with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. Nearly a third of the 57 mushers in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have quit the race before finishing, including Petit, who activated an alert button seeking rescue Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, because of weather conditions. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

A day after musher wins Iditarod, others face woes on trail

Mar. 19, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alasak (AP) — Nearly a third of the 57 mushers in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have quit the race before finishing, including a musher who activated an alert button seeking rescue Thursday morning because of weather conditions. Thomas Waerner of Norway won this year’s...

Thomas Waerner, of Norway, arrives in Nome, Alaska, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Norwegian musher achieves boyhood dream, wins Iditarod race

Mar. 18, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As a young boy growing up in Norway, Thomas Waerner spent idle hours thinking long and hard about two different kinds of iconic American modes of transportation: muscle cars and the sled dogs in the Iditarod. Waerner, 47, made one of those dreams reality on Wednesday, winning the...

Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska

Mar. 18, 2020 4:40 AM EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.
Thomas Waerner mushes into Unalakleet, Alaska, Sunday, March 15, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Iditarod loses another major sponsor

Mar. 16, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the Iditarod’s top sponsors is dropping financial support, the second major sponsor with Alaska ties to sever relationships with the sled dog race this month. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed Monday that the Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership will no...

Richie Diehl arrives in Ruby, Alaska, Friday morning, March 13, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Norwegian musher takes lead in Iditarod as finish nears

Mar. 15, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Deep snow is slowing down mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but the leader has a secret for dealing with the difficult conditions. “I’ve been training with 120 pounds of concrete and all the gear in the sled,” Thomas Waerner, 46, told a camera crew...

Linwood Fiedler mushes across Submarine Lake near Nikolai, Alaska, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes

Iditarod mushes on; fans being urged to skip finish in Nome

Mar. 14, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Iditarod mushers drove their dog teams across Alaska on Saturday, race officials scrambled to make last minute changes prompted by concerns over the new coronavirus, including asking fans not to fly to Nome for the finish. Officials late Friday night urged race fans, especially...

Governor suspends classes at schools, limits agency visits

Mar. 14, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor Friday suspended classes and other activities at public schools, as well as banned visits to a number of correctional facilities as part of his effort to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. Mike Dunleavy, working with the Alaska Department of Health and Social...

FILE - This Jan. 2006 file photo shows Jessie Royer near Ennis, Mont. One Iditarod musher ditched the frozen foods heated over a campfire for a gourmet meal Friday morning, March 13, 2020.   Royer of Fairbanks was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Ruby, Alaska, and a huge spread prepared by a chef flown in from Anchorage awaited her when she pulled into town with 14 dogs in harness at 6:37 a.m. (Nick Gevock/The Montana Standard via AP)

Gourmet meal welcomes first Iditarod musher to Yukon River

Mar. 13, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, ALaska (AP) — One Iditarod musher ditched a meal of frozen food heated over a campfire for a gourmet meal Friday. Jessie Royer of Fairbanks was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Ruby, a village less than halfway from the finish line, and a huge spread prepared by a chef flown in from...

Tom Frode Johansen mushes on a road between Takotna and Ophir, Alaka, Thursday, March 12, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Virus worries prompt some post-race changes for the Iditarod

Mar. 13, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the world’s most famous sled dog race announced Thursday they have postponed post-race events in Nome in response to the new coronavirus. The Iditarod has postponed both the awards banquet set for March 22 and the meet-the-mushers event set for March 21, both...