2 mushers drops out of Iditarod at Rainy Pass

Mar 8 2011 - 3:00pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Two mushers have dropped out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Rainy Pass checkpoint.

The race website reported Tuesday that 21-year-old Melissa Owens from Nome scratched because she reinjured a sore leg. Race spokesman Chas St. George said Zoya DeNure also scratched, but he did not give a reason why the 34-year-old from Gakona stopped racing.

St. George said earlier that five-time champion Rick Swenson may have broken a collarbone in a fall Monday. There was no word on whether he would scratch.

The leaders Tuesday are defending four-time champion Lance Mackey, followed by Hugh Neff and Sebastian Schnuelle.

The upcoming checkpoint is McGrath, about 290 miles into the 1,150-mile race that began Saturday.





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