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4-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King First to Reach Banks of Kuskokwim River

JEFF KING FIRST IN MCGRATH
WINS PENAIR SPIRIT OF ALASKA AWARD
IDITAROD XXXVIII Musher Jeff King (Bib # 2) was the first to arrive in McGrath along the banks of the Kuskokwim River at 8:29 pm Alaska Time. The 4 time Iditarod Champion arrived with 16 dogs. He was greeted by PENAIR Chief Operating Officer Danny Seybert one of the Iditarod Trail Committee's proud partners.
Seybert presented the prestigious PENAIR SPIRIT OF ALASKA AWARD to King at a very brief awards ceremony at the McGrath Checkpoint. The award is a beautiful original "spirit mask" especially created for this event by Bristol Bay artist Orville Lind. In addition King received a $500 credit toward travel or freight shipment. The PENAIR SPIRIT OF ALASKA AWARD will be presented to King again on March 21st in Nome at the Mushers Awards Banquet. King didn't waste any time at all in McGrath. The Denali Alaska musher headed for Takotna shortly after the presentation.

MOON CRASH IN THE DALZELL GORGE UPDATE
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Pat Moon, (Bib #17... from Chicago Illinois) scratched this afternoon after crashing his sled in the Dalzell Gorge. Belgian musher Sam Deltour came upon Moon and his team after the incident. Deltour stated that he attended to Moon who was unconscious at the time, and then checked on his team. By the time Deltour got back to Moon, he had regained consciousness.
Moon was transported to Anchorage. He was driven to Providence Medical Center where he received a check up. All members of Moon's team were in good condition. They are currently awaiting transportation back to Anchorage Alaska from Rohn Checkpoint.

MOON CRASHES IN THE DALZELL GORGE
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Pat Moon, (Bib #17... from Chicago Illinois) scratched this afternoon after crashing his sled in the Dalzell Gorge. Belgian musher Sam Deltour came upon Moon and his team after the incident. Deltour stated that he attended to Moon who was unconscious at the time, and then checked on his team. By the time Deltour got back to Moon, he had regained consciousness.
Moon and his team were transported to Anchorage. He was driven to Providence Medical Center where he received a check up. All members of Moon's team were in good condition.

BARNUM SCRATCHES IN RAINY PASS
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Kirk Barnum, (Bib # 34) scratched at 11:20 Alaska Time (March 09, 2010) in Rainy Pass Checkpoint. The 41 year old musher from Seeley Lake Montana said he scratched in the best interest of his team. Barnum said that he was down to twelve dogs on his team and it was evident that they were tired.

HENDRICKSON SCRATCHES IN RAINY PASS
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Karin Hendrickson, (Bib # 23) scratched at 11:15 Alaska Time (March 09, 2010) in Rainy Pass Checkpoint. The 39 year old musher from Chugiak Alaska said she scratched because of a damaged sled and equipment problems. Hendrickson scratched with 16 dogs on her team.

DeNURE SCRATCHES IN RAINY PASS
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Zoya DeNure, (Bib # 5) scratched at 10:15 a.m. Alaska Time (March 09, 2010) in Rainy Pass Checkpoint. The 33 year old musher from Gakona Alaska said she scratched for medical reasons. DeNure scratched with 15 dogs on her team.

SUPRENANT SCRATCHES IN RAINY PASS
IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Michael Suprenant, (Bib # 30) scratched at 10:00 a.m. Alaska Time (March 09, 2010) in Rainy Pass Checkpoint. The 45 year old musher from Chugiak Alaska said he scratched for medical reasons. Suprenant scratched with 16 dogs on his team.


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