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Iditarod Update March 11, Lost Dog

THREE YEAR OLD "WHITEY" MISSING

On March 10th, 2010, IDITAROD XXXVIII Musher Justin Savidis (Bib #10) lost one of his team members, Whitey, a three year old male, between Nikolai and McGrath Checkpoints. Savidis and the rest of the team went on to McGrath and immediately reported the missing dog to the race judge. The Iditarod Air Force and other Iditarod personnel traveling between Nikolai and McGrath were alerted. Since Savidis arrived in McGrath at 2:38 yesterday (Wednesday, March 10) afternoon, Whitey has been sighted on a number of occasions. Iditarod Rules do not allow a musher to advance in the race without the same team that left the previous checkpoint. Savidis is taking his mandatory 24 hour rest in McGrath in hopes that Whitey will be located and brought back to McGrath so he can continue with his team.

FIEDLER SCRATCHES IN MCGRATH

IDITAROD XXXVIII musher Linwood Fiedler, (Bib #2) scratched at 08:24 a.m. Alaska Time (March 11, 2010) in McGrath Checkpoint. The 56 year old musher from Willow Alaska had 11 dogs on his team. Fiedler made the decision based on the best interest of his team.

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