Iditarod returns to 16-dog teams

The Iditarod had set the limit at 14 dogs per team just five years ago after considering the expense of flying dogs back from the trail and to make it easier for smaller kennels to race in the Iditarod.
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Musher who was disqualified, then reinstated, now withdraws from the Iditarod

Eddie Burke Jr. said he leased dogs to other mushers after he was disqualified and it was too difficult to reassemble his team.
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Two Alaska reporters explain the sexual assault allegations against Iditarod musher Brent Sass

The Iditarod's decision came nearly four months after the race received a letter accusing Sass of sexual assault.
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Iditarod disqualifies former champion Brent Sass amid sex assault allegations

The Iditarod board voted unanimously on Thursday to disqualify former champion Brent Sass after allegations made in November and recent questions from Alaska Public Media, the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica. Sass has denied the claims.
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Iditarod reinstates musher Eddie Burke Jr. after state drops assault charges

At the time of his disqualification Monday, Burke was facing two assault charges stemming from a 2022 incident.
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Eddie Burke Jr. disqualified from 2024 Iditarod

The move comes as Burke is facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges for a May 2022 domestic violence incident in Anchorage.  
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Polaris and snowmachine rider who hit sled dog team charged with reckless driving

Three dogs were killed in the crash on the Denali Highway east of Cantwell.
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Raymond Alexie wins Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race

The 20-year-old crossed the finish line in Bethel early Sunday, winning the 150-mile race for the second year in a row.
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Sass makes it 6 as Yukon Quest victory aims him at Iditarod

Brent Sass credits his lead dogs and a lighter sled for his sixth Quest win Monday, as his team sets its sights on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Lori Townsend sits at a table with Iditarod race director Mark Nordman. Janet Clarke appears on a TV monitor next to them.

The Future of sled dog racing | Alaska Insight

On this Alaska Insight, host Lori Townsend and her guests discuss the future of the sport of sled dog racing.

New Mushing Magazine Owners Plan to Grow Coverage

Robert and Michele Forto will continue to publish the print magazine while expanding online offerings.

3 dogs owned by Iditarod musher killed in Denali Highway snowmachine crash

Mike Parker, who was driving the struck team, called the death of longtime Iditarod musher Jim Lanier's dogs "an unspeakable tragedy."
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Yukon Quest Alaska to hold 300-mile sled dog race as rift with Canada continues

The Yukon Quest Alaska executive director says she hopes the organization will make up with Canada one day and hold a longer race.
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Iditapod: The all-Indigenous Iditarod podium

Alaska Native mushers took the podium in the 2023 Iditarod, with the Knik Kid, Ryan Redington, winning his first championship and Bethel's Pete Kaiser and Aniak's Richie Diehl mushing into second and third place. The race's top 10 were all into Nome by Wednesday morning, and we have an update on Rookie of the Year honors, as well as three Dogs of the Day, two listener questions and a story about collecting dog pee. Also: This'll do it for Season 7 of the Iditapod. Thanks for coming along with us on this thousand-mile journey!
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Jet, who always knows where she’s going

Wade Marrs says this will be the last Iditarod for his longtime leader Jet.
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From snow hooks to alarm clocks: Here’s what 5 Iditarod mushers say they’ve lost along the trail

Mushers have a lot to keep track of on the trail and sometimes leave things behind.
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Eddie Burke Jr. wins Iditarod Rookie of the Year

The former amateur boxer and garbage truck driver had the best rookie finish since Jessie Holmes in 2018, finishing in seventh place.
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Kaiser and Diehl round out ‘almost unheard of’ all Alaska Native Iditarod podium

After Ryan Redington’s win, Richie Diehl and Pete Kaiser say they’re showing that rural mushing isn’t dying.
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Iditapod: An Iditarod champ from the founding family

The 40-year-old Ryan Redington has won his first Iditarod and the first championship for the Redington family, on his 16th try (and after six previous scratches). "I've just been on pins and needles," said his mom, Barb, at the finish line. We'll hear Redington's finish itself in this episode, and from Alaska Public Media's Lex Treinen about the finish and how Redington arrived there first. The dog friends that did the leading into Nome -- Sven and Ghost -- are our obvious picks for Dogs of the Day. And we have a listener question about dog-human friends, with a fun answer from a friendly musher.
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Redington notches family’s first Iditarod victory, a childhood dream

The grandson of the “Father of the Iditarod” won his first Iditarod Tuesday on his 16th try.
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Sven and Ghost, the Iditarod champions

Sven and Ghost led Ryan Redington to his first Iditarod victory on Tuesday.
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Redington is first out of Safety, with just 22 miles to Iditarod finish line

Ryan Redington’s closest competitors are Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl

Iditapod: Hanging onto a lead and an Iditarod dream

Ryan Redington has a secure hold on first place in the 2023 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, heading into the final 100 miles of trail. Meanwhile, one rookie musher had some trouble holding onto his dog sled, after falling asleep, falling off and getting a fortuitous lift. We have a listener question, not about losing a dog team, but about losing stuff along the Iditarod Trail. And it's a twofer of Dogs of the Day: Riley Dyche's smart and mellow Elway and Mike Williams Jr.'s smart and hyper Viper.
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3 Alaska Native mushers lead the charge to Iditarod finish line

It’s a close race between Ryan Redington, Richie Diehl and Pete Kaiser.
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Here’s what 5 Iditarod mushers are listening to on the trail

From country music to motivational books to nothing at all.

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