Race officials for the Tustumena 200 sled dog race have confirmed that two-dogs died during last weekend’s race.
Race officials announced yesterday that one of Kasilof Musher Paul Gebhardt’s dogs died along the trail as this team was nearing the finish of the 200-mile race. Gebhardt attempted CPR; however, he could not revive the 2-year-old female Alaska Malamute. Gebhardt came in fourth overall.
The other death occurred on Nicholas Petit’s team. T200 Race Director, Tami Murray said that a 3-year-old male in the Normandy France, Musher’s team died on the trail after going more than half way. By mutual agreement, Petit scratched.
Murray said that the 200-mile race has no record of previous dog deaths, and both mushers have been cleared of any misconduct. Necropsies have been performed on the dogs.