Three more Iditarod scratches over the weekend, making for a total of 16. Currently in first place is Jeff King, followed by Aliy Zirkle and Dallas Seavey.
For Peninsula mushers:
Mitch Seavey: 5th
Danny Seavey: 44th
Paul Gebhart: 29th
Kristy Berington: 38th
Anna Berington: 40th
Monica Zappa: 51st
Travis Beals: 39th
The weekend scratches include:
Ramey Smyth scratched in Ruby at 1:50pm Friday, due to an illness in his team and concern for his dogs.
John Dixon scratched in Ophir at 5:52pm Friday, out of concern for his dogs and their performance.
Nicholas Petit scratched just out of Unalakleet at 6:45pm Saturday, saying his team is fatigued and it’s best to “call it a race” and try again next year.
The record for most scratches was set in 1980 and again in 2007, when there were 24.
The other 13 scratches include (9 veterans):
13th to scratch: Lev Shvarts: 9pm Wednesday; his sled was damaged while traveling between Rohn and Nikolai.
12th to scratch: Ellen Halverson (veteran): 1am Wednesday in Rohn; due to “a severely damaged sled and out of an abundance of caution due to the experiences of the teams ahead.”
11th to scratch: Cindy Abbot: 7pm Tuesday in Rohn; due to a shoulder injury, resulting in concern she couldn’t safely drive her dog team.
10th to scratch: Karen Ramstead: 6:40pm Tuesday in Rohn; withdrawn due to an injury deemed to significant to allow safe continuation in the race.
9th to scratch: The Mushing Mortician, Scott Janssen (veteran): 6pm Tuesday between Rohn and Nikolai; transported to Anchorage by the Alaska Air National Guard after “severely injuring” his leg. Janssen had stopped to regain control of a loose dog.
8th to scratch: Jan Stevens (veteran): 3:50pm Tuesday in Rainy Pass; Stevens said she was scratching because of “concern for the welfare of her team.”
7th to scratch: Jake Berkowitz (veteran): 1pm Tuesday between Rohn and Nikolai; due to a sled damaged beyond repair.
6th to scratch: Gus Guenther (veteran): 11:30am in Rohn; due to an injured ankle.
5th to scratch: Mike Santos (veteran): 10:30am Tuesday in Rohn; for personal reasons.
4th to scratch: Jim Lanier (veteran): 10:30am Tuesday in Rainy Pass; due to an injured leg.
3rd to scratch: Linwood Fiedler (veteran): 6:20am Tuesday in Rohn; due to “physical injury from driving the Dalzell Gorge passage.”
2nd to scratch: DeeDee Jonrowe (veteran): 6am Tuesday in Rohn; because she was “beat up physically in the Dalzell Gorge.”
1st to scratch: Cindy Gallea: 12:30pm Monday in Skwentna; due to musher illness.