Sled dog racing

FILE - In this March 17, 2000, file photo, Emmitt Peters, center, is followed by his sons Emmitt Jr., left, and Emory as he drives his team up the finish chute of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska. Alaska State Troopers confirm Peters, nicknamed the "Yukon Fox," died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at his home in Ruby, Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
April 03, 2020 - 8:59 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Emmitt Peters Sr., an Alaska Native who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a rookie in 1975, has died at age 79 in his home village of Ruby. Peters died Thursday of natural causes, Alaska State Troopers said. Peters, an Athabascan, was nicknamed the “Yukon Fox” after...
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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)
March 20, 2020 - 10:45 pm
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...
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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)
March 19, 2020 - 12:43 pm
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 race,...
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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)
March 18, 2020 - 10:52 am
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,...
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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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Thomas Waerner mushes into Unalakleet, Alaska, Sunday, March 15, 2020 during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
March 16, 2020 - 7:26 pm
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...
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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)
March 15, 2020 - 8:06 pm
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 from the...
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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 - 1:16 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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Linwood Fiedler mushes across Submarine Lake near Nikolai, Alaska, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Loren Holmes
March 11, 2020 - 8:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A musher reached an Iditarod milestone and was feted with prizes made from beaver and moose. The oldest musher in the race has called it quits. And a four-time champion finds himself in another cannabis controversy. Paige Drobney, a native of Pennsylvania living in Cantwell...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2019 file photo Kristy Berington waits on the Innoko River for her sister, Anna Berington, after they both left Shageluk, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of unforgiving terrain, doused in deep snow this year, await them as they cross two mountain ranges, travel on the frozen Yukon River and navigate the treacherous and wind-whipped Bering Sea coast to old Gold Rush town of Nome. The winner is expected there about 10 or 11 days after the start. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP,File)
March 07, 2020 - 6:29 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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