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Sport Norwegian musher has commanding lead in Iditarod race

12:35  14 march  2018
12:35  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point

  Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point There is more pressure on the world's most famous sled dog race, and this time it's economic.Iditarod Trail Sled Dog officials are blaming Alaska's recession, pressure from animal rights groups on sponsors and an attempt to ensure the race's future for a purse that is down about $250,000 from last year.The $500,000 purse means there will be reduced payouts to the mushers who finish the race, and the pain starts at the top.The winner is expected to receive about $50,000 for being the first musher to reach Nome. Last year, Mitch Seavey pocketed $71,250 for being the first into the old Gold Rush town on Alaska'sIditarod Trail Sled Dog officials are blaming Alaska's recession, pressure from animal rights groups on sponsors and an attempt to ensure the race

Ulsom has a commanding lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race , and is now only 77 miles (123 kilometers) from the finish line in Nome. Seavey denied giving his drugs tramadol, and decided to run a race in Norway instead of the Iditarod . Sixty-seven mushers began the nearly 1,000 mile (1

Home » Animals & Pets » Norwegian musher has commanding … Seavey denied giving his drugs tramadol, and decided to run a race in Norway instead of the Iditarod . Sixty-seven mushers began the nearly 1,000 mile (1,609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness March 4 in Willow.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Joar Ulsom said a few words in English but used his native Norwegian to heap praise on his dog team Tuesday as he arrived at the second-to-last checkpoint in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Ulsom held a commanding lead in the world's most famous sled dog race, and after a mandatory eight-hour rest, he was hours from the finish line in Nome.

He arrived in White Mountain just before 8 a.m., and left shortly before 4 p.m. For being first to the checkpoint, he picked up a $2,500 check.

"Wow, that's fantastic," he told sponsors in a video posted on the Iditarod website.

Then he switched to his native tongue to speak to each of his dogs before laying out straw over the snow for them to bed down for a snooze.

Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

  Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year's top musher at the struggling Iditarod. "It's pretty unreal I pulled it off," Ulsom told reporters at the finish line in Nome, Alaska.After nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), Ulsom and the eight dogs on his team came off the Bering Sea ice onto Nome's main street. He slapped hands with fans who lined the streets and went under the finish line at 3 a.m. local time Wednesday."I don't know what to say about it.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Joar Ulsom said a few words in English but used his native Norwegian to heap praise on his dog team Tuesday as he arrived at

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Joar Ulsom said a few words in English, but used his native Norwegian to heap praise on his dog team Tuesday as he arrived at the second-to-last checkpoint in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race .

Ulsom arrived in the checkpoint with a nearly three-hour lead on the second place musher, Nic Petit, a native of France living south of Anchorage.

Barring any catastrophes, Ulsom, a native of Norway who has been living in Willow, Alaska, the dog mushing capital of the United States, is on track to reach the finish line sometime early Wednesday. The winner will be awarded about $50,000 and a new pickup.

If Ulsom wins, he will become the third Iditarod winner born outside the United States. Martin Buser, a Swiss native who has lived in Alaska more than three decades, became a U.S. citizen after winning his fourth Iditarod in 2002. Another Norwegian, Robert Sorlie, won the race in 2003 and 2005.

Defending champion Mitch Seavey is in third place. If he doesn't win, it will be the first time since 2011 that Seavey or his son, Dallas, hasn't won the race. In a video on the Iditarod website, Seavey cited slow trail conditions.

"I trained for a whole different kind of race," he said.

Dallas Seavey, a four-time champion, withdrew from this year's Iditarod in protest after race organizers said his dog team tested positive for an opioid painkiller after last year's race, when he finished second. Seavey denied giving his drugs tramadol, and decided to run a race in Norway instead of the Iditarod.

Sixty-seven mushers began the nearly 1,000 mile (1,609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness March 4 in Willow. Since then, eight mushers have scratched.

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