Musher Nicolas Petit had to drop out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dos Race when his dogs refused to continue along the trail. Petit along with his 10-dog team had been ahead in this year’s race when the dogs suddenly stopped approximately 14 miles out of Shaktoolik on a Sunday night. They were more than three-quarters of the way in the 1,000-mile race.
While camped on the sea ice, Petit said two of his dogs started fighting so he started yelling at one of them. He said he never shouts at his dogs but at that moment everyone heard him! He went on to say that at that point they wouldn’t go on, so they camped where they were to see if anything would change. Petit placed second in the race the year before.
He said it was confusing, his dogs were eating and didn’t seem to have any physical issues. This was the second time Petit’s sled was flipped upside down on a 50-mile stretch of trail that ran from Shaktoolik and Koyuk. This stretch has been described as a bleak, flat, and a deadly monotonous leg.
When Petit’s team stopped, Pete Kaiser took the lead in the race, passing him on the trail and was the first to reach Koyuk which is approximately 171 miles from the finish line in Nome.
What Is The Iditarod?
This is a long-distance sled dog race that runs annually in the month of March. It starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. The entire race stays within the borders of the state of Alaska. Mushers and their team of dogs cover anywhere from 8 to 15 days and sometimes even longer.