The Iditarod Trail Committee made the announcement yesterday, September 26th, citing health reasons for Mackey’s decision.
In the 2016 running of the Kobuk 440, rookies Jason Mackey, John Vanderwall and Damon Tedford are hitting the trail with dogs, and advice, from well-known race veterans.
The race’s roster includes 11 rookies and 14 veteran mushers, including defending champion Brent Sass of Eureka.
Two dogs were injured—one fatally—in the attack before the bull muskox was killed in what officials call a clear case of “defense of life or property.”
Familiar faces signed up for the coming race include 2015 champion Brent Sass, as well as second-place finisher—and multiple Quest champion—Allen Moore.
Mushers from Nome, Aniak, Bethel, and Akiak are among the more than 60 sign-ups for the 2016 Iditarod.
Tom Jamgochian, Stephanie Johnson, Deanna Hacker, and Rolland Trowbridge will race from Nome to Council and back.
Despite temperatures dipping to -45°F along the Yukon Quest trail, for Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge, it was “heat” that did his team in.
Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge and Iditarod veteran Ray Redington, Jr. will be among the rookies running the 2015 Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.
In Monday’s news: With the start of the 2014 Iron Dog Snowmachine Race last night, racers discuss the course, gear, and their ambitions; Secretary of State…