Veteran Iditarod musher Lev Shvarts has scratched on Monday evening.

Shvarts, bib No. 13, decided to scratch at the Unalakleet checkpoint at 6:30 p.m, according to a news release from the Iditarod Trail Committee.

The release stated Shvarts' decision was in the best interest of his race team. He had seven dogs with him when he scratched.

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