Former Iditarod champ scratches from race

    Iditarod Musher Peter Kaiser

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One former Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Trail champion is out of this year's race. Pete Kaiser scratched Saturday morning at the checkpoint in McGrath.

    He has 10 dogs in harness. He said they had picked up a bug along the trail and they were not doing well by the time they reached McGrath. He said they could have finished, but he didn't feel they were competitive.

    In 2019, Kaiser became the fifth Alaska Native and the first Yupik to win the world's most famous sled dog race. Aaron Burmeister of Nome is leading the race with former champions Dallas Seavey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom not too far behind.

    Meanwhile, the leaders were out of the Nikolai checkpoint Saturday morning.  Aaron Burnmeister was about an hour ahead of Brent Saas and an hour and a half of Dallas Seavey.  Ryan Redington is over four hours behind the leader's pace.

    Thirty-eight remain on the trail.  Forty-six started the race.



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