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Jeff King scratches on Iditarod homestretch

Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, is the first musher to leave the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, mushes between the checkpoints of White Mountain and Safety, the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome. King was the first musher to leave the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, mushes between the checkpoints of White Mountain and Safety, the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome. King was the first musher to leave the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, mushes between the checkpoints of White Mountain and Safety, the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome. King was the first musher to leave the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, takes one of dogs for a walk on the frozen Fish River as he prepares to leave in first place from the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Jeff King, from Denali, AK, is the first musher to leave the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Bob Hallinen

Jeff King of Denali Park has scratched from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. King scratched at 11:50 p.m. Monday night, according to the Iditarod Trail Committee.

From Iditarod race chairman Mark Nordman:

King indicated to Race Officials that the wind is severe in the area and he was having difficulty navigating the trail. He stayed with his team for approximately two and one half hours before asking a snowmachiner to help him by taking him to the Safety checkpoint to contact race officials. Jeff and others are moving the team to the Safety checkpoint for the night.

Just hours earlier on Monday, King had appeared poised to win his fifth Iditarod championship, leading the race into White Mountain, an Iditarod checkpoint about 77 miles from the finish line on Front Street in Nome.

Read much more here.

 


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