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16 Teams Depart Kobuk 440 Start in Kotzebue

Snowy sled dog, Ambler

Sixteen dog teams took off from Kotzebue this afternoon at the start of the 2018 Kobuk 440. Leading the pack across the sea ice was this year’s Iditarod Rookie of the Year, Jessie Holmes. Absent was Kotzebue musher Katherine Keith, although some of her kennel’s dogs will be on the trail.

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17 Mushers Registered for 2018 Kobuk 440 (Updated)

Past Iditarod champion Jeff King with his team in Shungnak during Kobuk 440. Photo: Francesca Fenzi, KNOM (2015)

Out of the 17 teams currently registered to race the 2018 Kobuk 440 — from Kotzebue to Kobuk and back, starting April 12 — about half are women. With fewer than 20 mushers on the roster, the funds remaining after the champion’s prize will be doled out among the total number of finishers at the end of the race.

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Three More Mushers Leave Yukon Quest, Preliminary Necropsy Results on Neff’s Deceased Dog Released

Hugh Neff in Cripple

Hugh Neff made good on his intent to scratch upon arriving into Dawson City. One of Neff’s dogs died during the race, and Quest Head Veterinarian Cristina Hansen has released a preliminary necropsy. Hansen believes Neff’s dog Bobby, died from aspiration, when the dog’s airway became blocked by foreign materials such as vomit. Quest staff say final necropsy results are expected to be released one month after the race finishes.

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