4-time Iditarod champion sidelined by medical emergency

    Photo credit to BLM Alaska.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Emergency surgery has sidelined a four-time winner of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race days before he was set to compete in his 30th race.

    A spokeswoman for the Iditarod told The Associated Press that Jeff King withdrew Tuesday over concerns for his health.

    The race will start Sunday north of Anchorage.

    A Facebook posting from his kennel, Husky Homestead Tours, said King began to feel ill Monday night shortly after an Iditarod-affiliated event in Anchorage and went to a hospital with abdominal pain.

    He later underwent emergency surgery for a hernia and perforated intestine.

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