Crazy people all over the place out there. The Iditarod is a world famous dog-sledding race, and is an American Institution. It covers over 1,000 miles and the competitors face numerous hazards…I hope they catch this clown soon. Because these dog are trained as a cohesive team, this is the end of the race for the racer whose dogs were hit and killed.
The attacker killed Nash, a 3-year-old male dog.
Mushers Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King were ambushed near the village of Nulato, Alaska, about halfway through 1,000-mile race, according to The Associated Press.
In separate attacks, the unidentified assailant first ran into the side of Zirkle’s sled and turned around to try again before fleeing, Alaska State Troopers told the AP. King, who was behind Zirkle, was later run down from behind. King said later that he wasn’t injured, but one of his sled dogs, 3-year-old Nash, was killed. Another two dogs sustained injuries.
King, a four-time Iditarod champion, told KTUU that he had to watch Nash die in his arms.
“I stood there as my dogs struggled in pain, with broken limbs and in the throes of death, for one of them,” King said.
He told Alaska Public Radio:
“Last night, about 12 miles before I arrived to Nulato, one of the many snowmachines that were on the river struck my team at high speed. It did not hit my sled or me – and I am fine, I was not hurt in any way – but several of my dogs were hit. One was killed; one’s leg was broken, appears broken; and one is in serious condition with shock and impact.
I gave first aid to the dogs the best I could, loaded them in my sled and continued onto Nulato where I reported the incident. And at the point of impact, the snowmachine’s cowling had flown off, the driver did not stop, and he was a distant light in an instant. He went by at 80 or 90 miles per hour, hit me, never slowed down. His snowmachine cowling flew off and he was gone.”
Police have reportedly identified a suspect but haven’t released his or her name. It’s unclear what motivated the attacks.