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Veteran Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle scratches from the race

Musher Aliy Zirkle creates Husky Homeroom, a weekly virtual field trip for students and educators
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Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 9:01 AM AKST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 11:22 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Veteran Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle has scratched from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after being hurt while coming into the Rohn checkpoint.

Officials say Zirkle scratched at the Rohn checkpoint Monday night at 8:05 p.m.

She was taken to an Anchorage hospital and is currently in stable condition “after sustaining a significant impact that resulted in a concussion and orthopedic injuries to her upper torso.”

She was released this morning and is still in Anchorage with her family. She is expected to return home to Two Rivers.

“In this situation, everybody takes the dog race away things Aliy is a great spokesperson for Iditarod and the sport in general,” said Mark Nordman, Iditarod Race Marshall. “It’s a huge hit for everybody, text from kids ‘what happened? What happened’ We know she is safe and stable, I’ll be talking to her in a day or two.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and seen a lot of ups and down with Iditarod, good and bad, and a lot of different competitors. You just go into that let’s figure it out mode.”

Officials say her 14 dogs were not hurt and are being cared for by volunteers at the Rohn checkpoint while they wait for a flight back to Anchorage.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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