Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

U.S. 03/22/19, 00:10

The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them.The team stopped last week after Frenchman Nicolas Petit yelled at a ...

Alaska, Norwegian mushers battled for Iditarod lead

Sports 03/12/19, 07:45

An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world's most famous sled dog race.GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom of Norway are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in ...

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

Sports 03/11/19, 14:07

Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break ...

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Europe 03/09/19, 19:23

A Frenchman continues to lead this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint at Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile (1609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome.Petit, who was last year's runner-up, now lives ...

European mushers, Alaskan battling for Iditarod lead

Europe 03/08/19, 18:25

Two men living in Alaska but with European ties and a Fairbanks musher are battling for the lead in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Race leaders Nicolas Petit, a native of France, Norwegian Joar Uslom and Alaskan Jessie Royer are all at the checkpoint in Grayling, about 530 miles ...

Live feeds and GPS: Rugged Iditarod has high-tech support

U.S. 03/08/19, 01:16

People are using technology to track Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race far from the competitors tackling the off-the-grid route.Fifty-one mushers as of Friday are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds. However, their progress is monitored from several hotel ...

Frenchman Nicolas Petit retakes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Sports 03/07/19, 20:15

Frenchman Nicolas Petit is back in the lead in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Petit had earlier led the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race and retook the top spot Thursday. He was first to leave the checkpoint at the ghost town of Iditarod, the halfway point of this year's race.He left with ...

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle takes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Sports 03/06/19, 14:04

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 (695-kilometer) race.She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint Wednesday morning, 432 miles (695 kilometers) into ...

Alaska musher leads in the early stage of the Iditarod

U.S. 03/04/19, 13:53

A longtime musher from southwestern Alaska is in the lead of the early stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Pete Kaiser was the first musher to leave the checkpoint at Finger Lake. He is a 31-year-old running in his 10th Iditarod,Kaiser stayed only five minutes Monday morning after arriving ...

Defending Iditarod champ remains self-proclaimed ‘goofball’

Sports 03/03/19, 10:31

Joar Leifseth Ulsom may not be flashy or brash, but he has sled cred.The quiet, unassuming 32-year-old defending champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race leads the field of 52 mushers hoping to be the first to reach Alaska's western coast after a thousand-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek across the Alaska ...

Update: Crowds cheer kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:16

The Latest on Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):10:30 a.m.Cheering crowds lined snow-heaped streets in Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a short sprint through town.Before setting off, the ...

Big crowds expected at kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

Sports 03/02/19, 00:41

Big crowds are expected to converge on Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kickoff the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a short ceremonial run along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brings spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the ...

Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/01/19, 15:36

The world's foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport's image. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of ...

Iditarod clears four-time champion in dog-doping scandal

U.S. 12/06/18, 11:09

Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year.Officials for the 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement this week absolving musher Dallas Seavey of any involvement in the drugging of his dogs, ...

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