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Iditarod Begins Today!

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Its the greatest race on earth. Nothing is probably more exciting that traveling 1000 miles by dogsled across Alaska!

 

Live blog: Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage

http://www.adn.com/iditarod/live

 

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Iditarod

http://iditarod.com/

 

 

 

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Here s Ally!  I get goose bumps watching all those fur babies jumping up and down barking in excitement because they want to RUN!!!!

 

 

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I just had a thought. Im so tired of listening to the media talk politics. How about each candidate running for President put their name on a sled team. The winning team, wins the presidency. LOL

Rick Mercer should do a "talking politics with dogs" episode. Now that would be funny!

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Oh No!

Iditarod officials: Snowmobile strikes 2 teams, kills dog, injures others - AP

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1 minute ago, CGK said:

Oh No!

Iditarod officials: Snowmobile strikes 2 teams, kills dog, injures others - AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say a person on a snowmobile early Saturday morning purposely struck two teams in the race.

A dog on the team of four-time champion Jeff King was killed.

Two other dogs on King's team were injured. King received medical attention at the village of Nulato (noo-LAH-toh).

A dog on the team of Aliy Zirkle (AL-ee ZUR-cul) also received what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.

Race officials say the snowmobiler made repeated attempts to harm Zirkle and her team.

http://bigstory.ap.org/f3215005a31c4a90a710aa91f118dd50

 

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Oh my God! Why oh why would someone do that? Insane! They did arrest him and he will be charged. Damn!

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Son and Father came in 1st and 2nd --- and the one sled team that was attacked but were able to continue came in third.  Cool.  Here is her account of the attack - I did not realize it was not a drive by kinda thing - they were attacked for hours.  

 

http://www.startribune.com/iditarod-musher-terrified-during-2-hour-snowmobile-attack/372367771/

 

There's a 19 yr old from rochester ny in it - he's pretty close to the end of the pack but hey he's in it!  Local film footage showed him practicing in a field with the dogs - pulling a bare boned 4 wheeled cart to mimic sled with weight.

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I'm beginning to doubt this story. I have two sleds, an MXZ 670 and an XP 800, if I wanted to mow down a dog sled team it would be mowed. If he'd really wanted to damage the mushers and their dogs it would be carnage, not one dead and two injured, that's a glancing blow from a snowmobile. Perhaps they knew they weren't winning and used a drunken sledder -snowmobiler- as an excuse for not coming in first? I don't know. But I do know if he'd really wanted to do damage it would be traces wrapped in wheels and dogs for paddles.

edit, I just can't fathom how, if he was as malicious as the story goes, how he didn't do more damage.

Edited by Brio

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