Advertisement

Iditarod Sled Dog Race to Begin Amid Turbulent Year

Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday amid the most turbulent year ever for the annual long-distance contest. Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday amid the most turbulent year ever for the annual long-distance contest. |  Photo: Carl Sauer, WDIO-TV

Created: March 02, 2018 02:39 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday amid the most turbulent year ever for the annual long-distance contest.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Organizers of the 1,000-mile race have faced multiple problems, including a champion's dog doping scandal, the loss of major sponsor Wells Fargo, discontent among mushers and escalating pressure from animal rights activists, who say the race is cruel to the dogs.

Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley acknowledges organizers have weathered a dark time but disagreed the race faces an uncertain future, but adds he sees it as a growing process.

As always, the race will begin with the customary ceremonial start in Anchorage, but the competitive portion beginning Sunday north of Anchorage will follow a southern route for the first time since 2013. Traditionally, southern and northern routes are alternated.


Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

Summer Solstice: An Artist's Art of Letting Go

Inmates Get Second Chance Through WITC

ABC Orders 'Roseanne' Spinoff for Fall Minus Roseanne Barr

Rochester Man Sentenced In Hibbing Officer-Involved Shooting

Attorney General Candidate Rothman Stops in Duluth

Duluth Couple Welcomes Grandma's Marathon Baby

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement