VALDEZ - The Coast Guard will sponsor an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran during the 2010 Iditarod race.
Ken Anderson, a Fairbanks resident, has finished the race twice in the top five, with his best finish in 2008 when he placed fourth out of 97 participants.
"The Coast Guard has a proud history here in Alaska," said Cmdr. Darryl Veraillie, commanding officer at Marine Safety Unit in Valdez. "In our early history here in Alaska, dog sleds were used to help perform pivotal rescues of trapped whaling ship crews. We are proud to pay respect to a rich Alaska Coast Guard history by participating in this great race."
Anderson will be flying the Coast Guard banner throughout the race that begins in Anchorage in early March and ends in Nome.