Rookie Elliot Anderson was the top contender, but scratched Saturday morning
ANCHORAGE – Rookie Elliot Anderson scratched early Saturday morning, leaving three teams in the running for the Iditarod 42 Red Lantern.
The 22-year-old from Big Lake had been the top contender for the Red Lantern, awarded to the last to team to successfully reach Nome.
Anderson scratched at Golovin around 1 a.m., race officials said. Trail sweeps made contact with him Friday night on the way there.
He passed by Golovin, officials said, but eventually turned around and scratched.
Lisbet Norris, Monica Zappa and Marcelle Fressineau remain on the trail.
Anderson’s scratch brings the total to 19 scratches and one withdrawal so far.