One rookie and one veteran have been withdrawn from the Last Great Race. 

Steve Watkins (Bib #59), of Topeka, Kansas, and rookie musher Tara Cicatello (Bib #44), of Buffalo, New York, were withdrawn from the race Thursday night at the Unalakleet checkpoint. 

Race Marshal Mark Nordman made the decision based on rule 36, which relates to competitiveness. 

"Both Tara and Steve faced very tough conditions along the Yukon River, which led to them falling behind in the race field," Nordman said. "Due to this distance behind the rest of the field, it, unfortunately, was not feasible to keep the infrastructure in place to support their race efforts going forward."

Both Watkins and Cicatello expressed their wishes to continue racing. Watkins had 12 dogs in harness, while Cicatello had 13 dogs on her team at the time of the withdraw.Both mushers and race teams are in good health. 

So far, 11 mushers have scratched, while 25 have made it to the Burled Arch in Nome. 

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