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Mushers Look Ahead To Lack Of Shelter On Tough Part Of Trail

Mar 14, 2020

A cardboard sign tells mushers that there is no shelter on the coast.
Credit Zachariah Hughes

Most major sporting events are sidelined by the coronavirus right now, but the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is mushing on.

As Alaska confirms its first case of the virus, dozens of mushers and hundreds of sled dogs are sprinting across 1,000 miles of the state. 

Race officials say that they're not too worried. But as Alaska Public Media's Tegan Hanlon reports, the race attracts volunteers who travel to remote checkpoints in rural villages, where the healthcare system is sparse. Zachariah Hughes has more.