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Iditarod Dogs Reach Checkpoint Without Their Dozing Musher

Handlers from each musher's kennel, as well as volunteer handlers working for the Iditarod Trail Committee, prepared dog teams for their departure from the start chute at the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, Monday, March 6, 2017. Photo: AP/Ellamarie Quimby
Handlers from each musher's kennel, as well as volunteer handlers working for the Iditarod Trail Committee, prepared dog teams for their departure from the start chute at the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, Monday, March 6, 2017.

March 09, 2017 05:00 PM

Add sleep to the already long list of hazards in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

A video posted on the official race website shows a dog team that arrived at a checkpoint without a musher. As the video scanned the dogs' faces, one man could be heard saying, "Where's Linwood?"

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That would be Linwood Fiedler, a race veteran. According to information accompanying the video, Fiedler had apparently fallen asleep and toppled off his sled.

Race standings say he arrived at the checkpoint about an hour behind his dogs, checking in at 4:09 a.m. Thursday.

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Race director Mark Nordman says Fiedler will be allowed to continue on his trek with no penalty. Nordman says this will be just another story for Fiedler to tell.

Three Minnesota mushers are competing in the race. 

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