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Five Indigenous mushers set to compete in 2023 Iditarod despite rising costs

First climate change and now financial worries are forcing some competitors to stay off the trail this year.
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Yukon Quest is rerouted off Yukon River due to unsafe ice conditions

All race checkpoints will now be road accessible, a change that could increase entries before a sign up deadline that’s been extended until Friday.
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Kwethluk’s Raymond Alexie wins the first race of the Kuskokwim mushing season

Alexie beat the second place finisher, veteran Pete Kaiser of Bethel, by 14 minutes.
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Iditarod veteran Hugh Neff denied entry for 2023 race

Hugh Neff has finished the Iditarod 13 times, placing as high as 5th in 2011. But over the past few years, he has had trouble in both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.

Iditarod’s smallest field in race history begs the question: Why so few?

As the Iditarod has become more competitive, the middle- to back-of-the pack mushers who made it more of a cultural event have struggled with rising costs.
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This year’s Iditarod sign-ups matched the all-time low. Here’s what’s behind it.

Some legendary careers are winding down. Other mushers are taking a break. All are grappling with higher costs in an already-expensive sport.
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Iditarod’s last-minute entrants include Australian making unexpected return

Christian Turner is an unlikely entrant in the 1,000-mile sled dog race, but not for lack of experience: He’s a two-time finisher, placing his highest at 15th in 2015, his last Iditarod.

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