Injury forces Edmonds musher out of Iditarod

  • Associated Press
  • Monday, March 7, 2016 2:02pm
  • Sports

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A shoulder injury forced a musher to drop out of the running Monday in the early stage of Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Jan Steves, 59, scratched at the checkpoint in Skwetna, on the second day of the nearly 1,000-mile race to Nome on the state’s wind-scoured western coast.

Musher Nicolas Petit grabbed the early lead, arriving first at the checkpoint in Rainy Pass, 787 miles from the finish line. But musher Hugh Neff, who won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race last month, was the first to leave that checkpoint, departing at 11:33 a.m. Monday for the 35-mile run to the next checkpoint at Rohn.

Eighty-five teams took part in the Iditarod’s ceremonial start Saturday in Anchorage. The competitive portion of the race began Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles to the north.

Steves, from Edmonds, told Anchorage television station KTUU her sled overturned on a mild stretch of the trail shortly after she left Willow, and she might have broken one or more ribs.

The station said Steves began the race Sunday, wearing the ashes of her 31-year-old son, Tyler, who died last June of a heart attack.

Mushers in the race include defending champion Dallas Seavey, who is seeking his fourth win.

The winner is expected to reach the finish line about nine days after the start of the race.

More in Sports

Former Seahawk Bennett charged in injury of stadium worker

He allegedly hurt a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at the Super Bowl to see his brother.

M’s believe Iwakuma could be ‘secret weapon’ this season

The veteran starter won’t return until mid-season, but Seattle thinks he still has plenty left in the tank.

Silvertips vs. T-birds preview: Everett’s ‘heart and soul’

Matt Fonteyne’s hard work and infectious attitude results in a career year for the Silvertips.

Patterson: Silvertips can’t rely solely on goalie Hart

History shows that the team with the best goaltender rarely wins the WHL championship.

Silvertips vs. T-birds preview: Breaking down the matchups

Here’s how the U.S. Division rivals match up in their first-round series.

Gonzaga bows out with Sweet 16 loss to Florida State

Playing without injured forward Killian Tillie, the Bulldogs lose to the Seminoles 75-60.

Marjama seizing role as Mariners’ backup catcher

Seattle walks off with win over Texas.

Best of the Mariners poll: Here’s the final results

Find out how readers voted for the best season ever by a Seattle Mariners player at each position.

Seahawks restocking — with far less than household names

Seattle re-signs running back Mike Davis and defensive end Marcus Smith but lose cornerback.

Most Read