Blind musher bows out from Iditarod

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Rachael Scdoris, the legally blind musher who was running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, scratched over concerns for the health of her dog team.

Scdoris scratched Friday morning at the checkpoint at Koyuk.

The 22-year-old musher from Bend, Ore., had eight dogs in her team when she decided to pull out. Mushers begin the race with 16 dogs and must finish with at least five.

Joe Runyan, the 1989 Iditarod champion who was serving as Scdoris' visual interpreter, stayed in the race. On Saturday, he was headed for Nome and expected to be the next racer to finish.

Runyan, 59, retired from racing years ago but got back on the trial to help Scdoris who completed the race in 2006.

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