Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The Iditarod Board reported Friday that no dogs tested positive for any prohibited substances in the 2018 race.
The Board did decide to adopt some recommendations made by a recent report by the Foraker Group. Those recommendations included no conflicts of interest for board members and a suggestion to reduce the number of dogs allowed in each team.
KTUU News reported that the board will become an entirely self appointed board eventually. By the end of this year, no musher can serve on the board or have a close relative on the board. The board will also consider appointment of a member from the Iditarod Official Finsher's Club, which formed as a group akin to a union group of mushers.
The amount of dogs allowed per team recently was reduced from 20 to 16. On April 26 the Board will consider the reduction. Supporters said it would result in fewer dog fatalities, fewer injuries and a faster race.