I’ve gotten a little behind reporting scratches that took place yesterday and today.
Yesterday afternoon, veteran Iditarod musher Robert Bundtzen of Anchorage, AK, scratched at Shaktoolik because his dog team was not performing to his expectations. He had 15 dogs in his team.
Also yesterday, Jan Steves of Edmonds, WA, scratched at Eagle Island out of concern for her dogs. She also had 15 dogs in her team.
This afternoon, rookie Charley Bejna of Addison, IL, scratched between Unalakleet and Shaktoolik out of concern for his dogs. Bejna was down to seven dogs in his team.
About half of the mushers are still on the trail. I’ll continue to provide updates on finishes and scratches.