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Iditarod Suffers First Dog Death

March 11, 2002

RUBY, Alaska (AP) _ Race officials reported the first dog death in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The dead dog was a 5-year-old male, Goro, belonging to musher Jim Oehlschlaeger of Cincinnati. Race marshal Mark Nordman said the dog died Sunday night as Oehlschlaeger’s team approached Ruby.

Nordman said Oehlschlaeger was distraught over the death of his dog. The musher had planned to take his mandatory eight-hour layover in Ruby, which is about 500 miles from the Nome finish.

Nordman said he reviewed the case and found nothing to keep Oehlschlaeger from continuing the race. Oehlschlaeger left Ruby with 12 dogs at 7:25 a.m. Monday.

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