Monday, February 17, 2014
According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Todd Palin's Iron Dog team, Team 11, scratched and returned to Wasilla. It appears one of the snowmachines suffered mechanical issues:
The two former Iron Dog champs ran into trouble less than 100 miles into the 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks on Sunday and officially pulled out of the race late Monday afternoon.The two champions--Todd Palin and Tyler Huntington--deserve much respect for their hard work in preparing for this intense competition and for their commitment to raising money to combat breast cancer. People can still make a donation to Bring Home the Pink here: http://www.gofundme.com/67f7gs.
Huntington, a two-time Iron Dog champ from Fairbanks, and Palin, a four-time winner from Wasilla, evidently had some kind of mechanical problem shortly after leaving the starting line in Big Lake.
Race officials didn't have any details as to what happened, only that Huntington and Palin had scratched from the race because of a problem with one of their Ski-Doos.