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Kelly Maixner scratches

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:53 PM March 10, 2014

Maixner cited difficulty traveling against a crosswind while on ice as the reason for pulling out

ANCHORAGE - Kelly Maixner scratched from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Monday.

He scratched around 8 p.m. about a mile and a half before reaching Golovin.

Maixner cited difficulty traveling against a crosswind while on the ice as the reason for pulling out, according to a release from race officials.

A local resident took Maixner and his team to Golovin where they will spend the night, race officials said. Weather permitting, they’ll be transported to Nome Tuesday.

This is his fourth Iditarod. Maixner’s highest place finish was 30th as a rookie in 2011.

His scratch brings the total to 17 mushers out of the Last Great Race.

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