Jonrowe, Boulding honored as inspirational by fellow Iditarod racers
NOME - Iditarod mushers DeeDee Jonrowe of Willow and Charlie Boulding of Manley, both recovering from cancer, share this year's award for the Most Inspirational Musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Mushers gathered in Nome on Sunday night for the annual awards banquet and chose Jonrowe and Boulding for the award.
Jonrowe, who completed chemotherapy for cancer about six weeks before the start of this year's Iditarod, finished the race in 18th place. Boulding, who recently went through chemotherapy for colon cancer, scratched from the race in Anvik, saying his dogs were ill. Boulding said he was feeling well during the race and his decision to scratch had nothing to do with his own health.
Among the prizes given out Sunday night, three-time champion Jeff King was honored with the Leonhard Seppala Award, to recognize outstanding dog care.
Sixty-four mushers started the 1,100-mile race to Nome. Robert Srlie of Hurdal, Norway, claimed first prize early Thursday.
Twenty mushers scratched from the race, while 41 have crossed under the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. Just one musher remained on the trail this morning. Race rookie Russell Bybee of Willow was making his way from White Mountain to Safety this morning. Safety is the last checkpoint before Nome.
Rookies Frank Sihler, Kelly LaMarre and Ben Stamm all crossed the finish line on Monday. Sihler claimed 41st place when he reached Nome at 10:49 a.m. LaMarre finished 42nd at 9:05 p.m., followed 30 seconds later by Stamm.
Dog dies in Iditarod near White Mountain
NOME - Officials in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have reported the first dog death in this year's race.
Joker, a 7-year-old male in the team of Jim Gallea, died Sunday as Gallea was traveling from White Mountain to Safety.
In a news release, Race Marshal Mark Nordman said he evaluated the circumstances surrounding the death and found no indication that Gallea should not be allowed to continue. Nordman did not say how the dog died.
Race officials said a necropsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.
Gallea, of Sterling, was running his third Iditarod and finished 40th.
His mother, Cindy Gallea of Seeley Lake, Mont., also ran the Iditarod this year and finished in 33rd place. His father, Bill Gallea, is an Iditarod veteran, but he didn't mush this time.