Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome, Alaska, his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
May 24, 2020 - 10:52 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, The...
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March 18, 2020 - 4:40 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.
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Linwood Fiedler mushes across Submarine Lake near Nikolai, Alaska, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes
March 14, 2020 - 7:41 pm
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,...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2007 file photo Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race front runner, four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King of Denali Park, Alaska, drives his dog team through the wind on the Yukon River near the Eagle Island, Alaska. When 57 mushers line up Sunday, March 8, 2020 for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it will be the second-smallest field in the past two decades. (AP Photo/Al Grillo,File)
March 07, 2020 - 2:43 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — When 57 mushers line up Sunday for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it will be the second-smallest field in the past two decades. Only last year’s field of 52 was smaller. Interest in the world’s most famous sled dog race has waned in recent years, in...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, defending champion Joar Lefseth Ulsom runs his team down Fourth Ave during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Airlines announced Monday, March 2, 2020, it will drop its sponsorship of the Iditarod, Alaska's most famous sporting event. The airline in a statement said the decision was made as it transitions to a new corporate giving strategy, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the most vocal critic of the thousand-mile sled dog race across Alaska, immediately took credit. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, File)
March 02, 2020 - 3:13 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines confirmed Monday it will drop its sponsorship of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Alaska’s most famous sporting event. The Seattle-based airline, which got its start in Alaska decades ago, said in a statement that the decision to end sponsorship after this...
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Stan Moll throws bales of hay onto a makeshift table in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, so other Iditarod volunteers could place the bales into plastic bags. About 1,500 bales will be flown to checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins March 7, and will be put down on the snow and ice so the canine participants in the race have a warm place to sleep. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
February 14, 2020 - 4:38 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers slung bales of hay onto a table Thursday, where they were swiftly stuffed inside blue plastic bags, twirled and shut with twist ties before being dragged off to waiting pallets. The 60 or so people in safety vests weren’t participating in some type of...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo Musher Ramey Smyth approaches Shageluk, Alaska, as rain falls and some sun hits the area during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. PETA is the biggest critic of the world's most famous sled dog race, but new Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach has started discussions with the animal rights group and plans a sit-down meeting with PETA Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
October 16, 2019 - 5:28 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for...
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This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, photo shows Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit getting kisses from two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. The Frenchman was in the lead of this year's race but his dog team quit running after Petit yelled at Joey, left, to stop picking on Danny, right. Petit says that isn't the reason the dogs quit running; instead, they quit about the same point the team got lost in a blizzard in the 2018 race. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
March 22, 2019 - 11:36 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — 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...
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March 17, 2019 - 2:40 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Iditarod race officials say a dog on a racer's team has died of pneumonia, and the musher has been withdrawn from the event. In a statement, the Iditarod organization announced that Oshi, a 5-year-old female on the race team of Richie Beattie died Saturday evening at an...
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Peter Kaiser (9) poses with his lead dogs, Morrow, left, and Lucy., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Nome, Alaska, after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It's the first Iditarod victory for Kaiser in his 10th attempt. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
March 13, 2019 - 10:42 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A young Pete Kaiser had the drive to learn about racing sled dogs and the family and community to support his passion. Years later, he won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Growing up, Kaiser had plenty of sled dogs to choose from at his parents' kennel in Bethel, a rural...
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