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Scratches

Postby elsietee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:03 pm

Shaynee is our first scratch:

Iditarod Trail Committee
4 pm AK
We are reporting to you that:Shaynee Traska scratches at Nikolai checkpoint...
Anchorage, Alaska – Veteran Iditarod musher Shaynee Traska (bib #7) of Gladwin, Michigan, scratched at 12:55 p.m. today at the Nikolai checkpoint. Traska scratched out of the best interest of her race team. Traska had 10 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.
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Re: Scratches

Postby Moose » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:40 pm

Sebastian Schnuelle posted a brief comment that she (Shaynee, I presume) probably saw this coming yesterday. Does anyone have news of some occurrence or report of a problem yesterday?
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Re: Scratches

Postby elsietee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:06 pm

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Re: Scratches

Postby Eggs » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:33 am

ADN posted this article shortly before Traska scratched:
To scratch or to stay? Iditarod musher Anja Radano is stuck in a tough spot
https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/ ... n-nikolai/
NIKOLAI — By the time musher Shaynee Traska got to the checkpoint here early Wednesday, she had already sent four of her 14 huskies home. She cried each time, she said.
Traska said she hasn’t felt completely right about this year’s race since the beginning. The Iditarod is physically challenging and also mentally tough. She had felt sick to her stomach on the trail and worried, she said. She didn’t know why. Maybe the dogs picked up on that.

“It’s a huge mental game, and I think that’s where I struggle the most,” said Traska, who has a sled dog kennel in Two Rivers.

Traska also had some dogs with muscle soreness and sent four of them home: Sanford, Julius, Hershey and Henley. She thought she might have to leave a couple more dogs behind here, and didn’t know if she wanted to try to take a small team all the way to Nome.
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Re: Scratches

Postby Moose » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:11 am

Thanks, Eggs. Trusting her instincts. Good on her.
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:40 pm

KTUU just announced that Emily and Marcelle have scratched at Iditarod. :( :(
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (KTUU) - Two mushers have scratched Saturday afternoon at the Iditarod checkpoint for "the welfare of the race teams," according to the Iditarod Trail Committee.

Veteran Iditarod mushers Emily Maxwell and Marcelle Fressineau both scratched around midday after Maxwell engaged her emergency locator transmitter.

Carrying a transmitter is a requirement for all Iditarod mushers.

"However, activation of any help or emergency signal, including accidental activation, may make a musher ineligible to continue and may result in an automatic withdrawal from the race," read Iditarod's rule book.

According to the ITC, veteran Iditarod musher Andy Pohl and Non-stop dogwear CEO Kale Casey were riding snowmachines behind the mushers when a welfare check was requested.

Pohl and Casey performed went to check on Fressineau, Maxwell and some other teams. The two snowmachine riders came to the aide of the mushers and brought supplies to Maxwell and Fressineau.

Maxwell had nine dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch. Fressineau had 11 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch, according to the ITC.
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Re: Scratches

Postby tanglefoot » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:30 am

wonder what the story is there, they seemed to be stopped for quite a while on the tracker. sounds like kale went and rescued them. i'll try and find more out from him when i get the chance and he gets data
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:03 am

Yes, I wonder what the story is too. Marcelle came in at walking speed, so I'm wondering if her dogs didn't like the tussocks and just said "no thanks". :?
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Re: Scratches

Postby klmobile » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:00 am

Cindy Abbott just scratched in Iditarod, no explanation yet.
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Re: Scratches

Postby libby the lab » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:01 am

Anchorage, Alaska –– Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott (bib #16) of Willow, Alaska,
scratched at 10:45 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, March 9, at the Iditarod checkpoint.
Abbott made the decision to scratch due to personal health reasons and concern for
taking care of her race team, which is her No. 1 priority.
Abbott had 14 dogs in harness at the time she made the decision to scratch.
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