Iditarod Musher Recounts Terrifying Snowmobile Attack

by Sadie Mccarthy Marcha 18, 2016, 15:42
Iditarod Musher Recounts Terrifying Snowmobile Attack

On Tuesday, March 15, for the third year in a row, Dallas Seavey and his team of sled dogs were the first to cross the finish line of the Iditarod in Nome, Alaska.

Iditarod musher Jeff King became briefly emotional under the burled arch on Tuesday afternoon as he talked to reporters and well-wishers, recalling the snowmachine crash that killed his dog Nash and injured two others. Officials say both the musher and her dogs are in good health.

"Who would have believed you would have to worry about it on a dog team", King said. According to a police affidavit filed in court on Sunday, veteran musher Aliy Zirkle and her team encountered Demoski on the trail about five miles outside of Koyukuk.

Demoski said he did not return to harass Zirkle.Mushers are pressing their dog sled teams closer to the finish line in Alaska's famous Iditarod after authorities say a snowmobiler intentionally rammed into two top competitors, killing one dog and injuring others.

Zirkle said Clyde, a wheel dog who helps pull the sled around corners, was injured after he was struck by the snowmachine and forced to quit the race. He has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

"It is on these trails with my dogs that I feel most comfortable and confident", she said. Staffers from her kennel fed the team frozen beef and salmon, and Nome Mayor Richard Beneville handed Zirkle a bouquet of roses that he said someone from the crowd had passed to him.

The 2016 Iditarod will partly be remembered for an attack on two mushers on the trail near the checkpoint in Nulato.

Zrikle arrived at the Nulato checkpoint at around 2:17 a.m. and told race officials that she had been attacked by a snowmachiner.

She said there were no all-star dogs on her team, "but they all came through at different times, and we did it".

"I also have no injuries".

She didn't release a detailed account of the attack, and said this is all she is prepared to make public.

 

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