Iditapod bonus: John Suter in Anchorage

A man in a fur hat poses with shaggy black poodles
John Suter and his poodle sled dogs in 1988 (Hans Molenkamp, courtesy John Suter)

In this extended interview, we hear more from John Suter, an Iditarod finisher who famously had a team that included poodles. Suter ran the Iditarod with poodles in 1988, ’89, ’90 and ’91, finishing each year ahead of other teams racing more traditional sled dogs.

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