Dallas Seavey has uploaded a video to YouTube about his decision to pull out of the Finnmarksløpet. In it he talks about residual effects from a virus his dogs have recently faced, as well as the dogs having tightened muscles, despite their running well. He says this is the first race he's pulled out of, and the decision was a clear choice made for his dog team.


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Musher Dallas Seavey has scratched from the Finnmarksløpet in Norway.

In a post to Seavey's Facebook page, an update says Seavey took a 12-hour rest in Kirkenes hoping a tightness in his dogs' forearms would ease up. After the rest Seavey decided to scratch. The post called his team "otherwise gung-ho and enthusiastic."

Kirkenes is 446 miles (718 kilometers) into the 750-mile-long (1,205 km) sled dog race. It's the seventh checkpoint on the 13-checkpoint trail. Seavey is the sixth musher to strike in the race, according to its results page.

Seavey has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times. This is Seavey's second year competing in the Finnmarksløpet after his dogs tested positive for an opioid pain reliever after the 2017 Iditarod. Iditarod officials say he was eligible to run in last year's race, but he opted not to, instead joining the race in Norway.

Correction: This story has been edited to correctly indicate that the tightness Seavey was monitoring was in his dogs' forearms, not Seavey's. 

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