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The Iditarod Trail Committee on Monday announced a funding shortfall of nearly $1 million that's accumulated over the last 12 months, forcing the race to once again slice the purse paid to top mushers.Mike Campbell
Two are flying in from Scotland. Another is coming from New Jersey. The Jamaican is already here.Mike Campbell
Jamaican dog musher Newton Marshall, who has already completed the Yukon Quest, came back to Alaska on Sunday to begin a kind of three-month Iditarod boot camp with reigning champ Lance Mackey.Kyle Hopkins
Iditarod musher Martin Buser has a new weapon as he guns for a fifth victory in the 1,150-mile race: Maggie the elephant's old treadmill. Joshua Saul
Racing sled dogs 1,000 miles into the teeth of an Alaska winter apparently wasn't challenging enough for Rachael Scdoris. The legally blind musher from Bend, Ore., who has finished two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races, is in the middle of a new trek. Mike Campbell
Team Norway, a tight-knit group of Scandinavian dog mushers whose talent helped fuel the international appeal of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is staying home this year.Mike Campbell
Dog drivers from Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Canada and the United States, especially Alaska, will compete in the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a northern route that will take mushers and nearly 1,000 sled dogs over 1,100 miles of Alaska wilderness.Margaret Bauman
Lance Mackey, the Two Rivers musher who has won the past three races, and Nancy Yoshida, the North Dakota rookie whose Iditarod dream came to a crashing halt on the switchbacks of Happy River Gorge last winter, are among 60 mushers signed up for next year's race.
Riding on the parka tails of three-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey, the Iditarod Trail Committee has won a third-straight regional Emmy for a documentary about the 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.
The home of the Iditarod and Iron Dog might not sponsor either event next year.Rindi White

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