ANCHORAGE — Five teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were safe Sunday after being stranded by a blizzard for much of the weekend, race officials said.
The five left White Mountain on Friday for the 55-mile run to the town of Safety, the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome. They had been warned the weather was marginal.
When the storm hit, some of the mushers found a cabin, while others were forced to camp in the drifting snow, officials said. Planes could not drop the mushers food because of the poor weather.
But, one by one, the five teams checked into Safety on Sunday. By that time, a total of 28 mushers had reached the finish line, while 22 teams remained on the trail.