TAKOTNA — Iditarod Race Marshal Mark Nordman got out of the plane here Wednesday afternoon with a "special delivery" for one musher.
He dug into his pocket and pulled out a four-and-a-half finger glove that, he said, a snowmachiner had found along the trail before the checkpoint of McGrath (Mile 311).
"Can you guess whose this is?" Nordman asked.
The glove — with part of the fabric for an index finger chopped off and the remainder sewn back together — belonged to defending champion Mitch Seavey.
Seavey, 58, badly cut his index finger during the 2011 Iditarod. The injury forced him out of the race, and he sued the Oregon company that made the knife he sliced his finger with. Seavey later had the damaged finger amputated.
Nordman said he planned to deliver the glove to the musher here in Takotna, where Seavey pulled in with 13 dogs to rest at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"Heck, nobody else can use it," Nordman said.