Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Sean Underwood got the surprise of a lifetime last week. The 28-year-old musher found out four days before the start of the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that he'd be competing in the event. Long-time musher and four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King had to drop out of the race at the very last minute, and tapped Sean, one of his dog handlers, to fill in.
Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King tapped Underwood, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, to take over his sled dog team after he had emergency surgery.
Race commentators said two-time Iditarod finisher Zoya DeNure was having health issues. Her husband, John Schandelmeier, is taking over the sled dog team.
The 32-year-old Bethel musher is on the trail with most of his sled dog team from last year, and he’s gunning for another victory.
Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman said the word for this year’s race may be “patience” as teams navigate deep snow along much of the trail.
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The food and gear drop is part of the massive web of logistics to prepare for the annual 1,000-mile sled dog race.
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