Day 5: Lanier makes run for the money

Lots to report as the fifth day of racing begins — the first scratch, a run for the money and a battle for the lead between Aliy Zirkle and the Seaveys.First, the scratch.Silvia Furtwangler of Norway pulled the plug on her race Wednesday night in Nikolai, citing concern for her health, according to a report from Iditarod officials.Furtwangler, a rookie from Rauland, had 13 dogs in her team when she scratched at 9:17 p.m., marking the end of what had been a remarkable run for mushers in this year’s race. All 66 teams made it to Nikolai, about 260 miles into the 975-mile race.Read more here:


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