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Monica Zappa Scratches in Shaktoolik

Monica Zappa arrives in Nenana

As mushers are crossing under the burled arch in Nome, another musher has scratched further back on the trail.

Veteran Monica Zappa, bib #58 of Kasilof, Alaska, scratched at 3:30 a.m. this morning in Shaktoolik.

According to a release from the the Iditarod Trail Committee, Zappa chose to scratch due to the best interest of her dogs. She noted that her team did not wish to continue on the trail. Nine dogs were in harness at the time of her decision.


  1. Moses Kritz on March 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Monica,you ran a good race but as always dogs are more of a concern for their health

  2. Katrina on March 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Top effort Monica, and well done for considering, as always, what is right for your team first!