Suprenant scratches in Unalakleet


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Chugiak's Mike Suprenant takes off from Willow at the start of the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Suprenant scratched from the race on Wednesday, March 14 after reaching the Unalakleet checkpoint.

Star photo by Matt Tunseth

Chugiak's Mike Suprenant has scratched from the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, according to a press release issued by race officials Wednesday, March 14.

According to the relase, Suprenanant made the decision in Unalakleet based on the well-being of his dog team.

Suprenant had nine dogs in his team when he made the decision. He was in 51st place out of 54 remaining mushers. The 47-year-old  finished the 2009 Iditarod in 49th place, also scratched in 2008 and 2010.

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