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4 mushers scratch from Iditarod

Posted: March 13, 2013 - 12:06am
Dick Mackey, left, the1978 Iditarod champion, speaks to his son Jason Mackey as he prepares to leave the start line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The competitive portion of the 1,000-mile race is scheduled to begin Sunday in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)  Bill Roth
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Dick Mackey, left, the1978 Iditarod champion, speaks to his son Jason Mackey as he prepares to leave the start line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The competitive portion of the 1,000-mile race is scheduled to begin Sunday in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Four mushers scratched Tuesday from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Race spokeswoman Erin McLarnon says Jason Mackey, who was attempting to join his brothers Rick and Lance, and father Dick, as champions, had to scratch Tuesday.

The Wasilla musher has the flu, and scratched at the Unalakleet checkpoint.

Another Wasilla musher, Rudy Demoski Sr., also scratched at Unalakleet out of concern for his dogs. He made the decision when he was down to a nine-dog team.

Jan Steves of Edmonds, Wash., left the race at the Eagle Island checkpoint. She had 15 dogs at the time, but told race officials quitting was in the best interest of her team.

Robert Bundtzen of Anchorage also scratched at Shaktoolik while he had 15 dogs on his team. He says his decision was made because his team wasn’t performing up to expectations.

Sixty-six teams took part in the ceremonial start of the race on March 2 in Anchorage. Since then, nine teams have scratched and one musher was withdrawn.

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