Mushers battle cold to get dogs to vet check

  • Sun Jan 29th, 2012 8:41pm
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Associated Press

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Some mushers say they had a tough time getting their dog teams to the pre-race veterinarian checks for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported some mushers had vehicle problems Saturday in temperatures of nearly 50 below.

Lance Mackey, four-time champion in both the Quest and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plugged his truck in the night before, but had trouble starting it.

Veteran musher Hugh Neff said during his drive from Tok to Fairbanks, a fuel hose snapped in half at a gas station.

A couple dozen mushers are signed up for the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest, which begins Saturday in Fairbanks and heads to Whitehorse in in Canada’s Yukon Territory.