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Iditarod trail takes its toll

By KTVA Sports 8:24 AM March 5, 2014

Veteran musher Scott Janssen dropped out of the race Tuesday after breaking his ankle on the trail between Rohn and Nikolai.

MCGRATH – As dog teams continue to pull into the Kuskokwim community of McGrath, Iditarod veterans say this is one of the worst trails they’ve ever traveled.

Scott Janssen —  a race veteran who’s started in three Iditarods — became the eleventh musher to drop out of the race after suffering a broken ankle on the trail between Rohn and Nikolai. According to a statement from Iditarod officials, poor weather conditions grounded the Iditarod Air Force, and Janssen was eventually picked up and flown back to Anchorage by the Alaska Air National Guard.

But Janssen had other help on the trail.

A statement posted to Janssen’s official Facebook page late Tuesday evening said the musher, immobilized from his injuries Tuesday, was aided by Jamaican musher Newton Marshall, who passed Janssen on the trail and brought him to a safety shelter between the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints.

As of Wednesday morning, Marshall was resting in Nikolai in 46th place.

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