By The Associated Press
Wed., March 11, 2020 timer 3 min. read
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A musher reached an Iditarod turning point and was feted with prizes made from beaver and moose.
The oldest musher in the race has actually called it stops. And a four-time champ discovers himself in another cannabis controversy.
Paige Drobney, a native of Pennsylvania living in Cantwell, Alaska, took the lead Wednesday in the Iditarod Path Sled Canine Race. She was the very first musher to leave the checkpoint at Ophir.
Drobney left Ophir just 6 minutes ahead of the second-place musher, Michelle Phillips of Tagish, Yukon, Canada.
Fairbanks musher Jessie Royer had the lead late Tuesday, and was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in McGrath.
For that milestone, she was provided products that were handmade by McGrath locals, including musher’s mitts made from beaver and black moose hide, decorated with Athabascan beadwork on smoked moose hide.
The mitts were designed and hand-stitched by Loretta Maillelle. Royer also got a musher’s hat made from a beaver caught by Gary Egrass and designed and sewn by his partner, Rosalie.
The oldest musher in the race, 79- year-old retired pathologist Jim Lanier, withdrew from the race Tuesday night at Rainy Pass over concerns for his own well-being, Iditarod officials said in a release.
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Lanier initially was rejected entry into this year’s race, with officials pointing out concerns over his ability to look after his dog group. Iditarod officials relented and stated he might race if he qualified by completing in smaller races leading up to the Iditarod, which he did.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition urging the Iditarod to allow him to complete in a race for a sixth decade, he previously informed The Associated Press. He ran his very first race in 1979.
Lanier didn’t race last year, however in the 2018 race, musher Scott Janssen stumbled upon Lanier late in the race and found he was stuck and beginning to freeze.
Lanier has stated that was overemphasized. He got captured by a huge wind 40 miles from completion of the race and was burnt out to the Bering Sea.
” I wasn’t anywhere near death, I simply couldn’t get myself and the group going,” Lanier told the AP in August when he was at first rejected entry.
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Four-time champ Lance Mackey of Fairbanks was racing in fifth location.
The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that Mackey is providing his pets CBD oil, which he says enhances their recovery time.
Mackey told the newspaper the race’s head vet, Stuart Nelson, asked him not to provide CBD oil to his canines, but Mackey declined since CBD oil is not among the list of prohibited compounds in the Iditarod rule book.
Brief for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-intoxicating molecule discovered in hemp and cannabis. Both are marijuana plants, however just cannabis has enough of the compound THC to get users high.
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The marketplace for CBD for animals has grown, with some promoting health advantages for dealing with seizures and pain management, however the federal government has yet to establish requirements for CBD.
Mackey is a cancer survivor who acknowledged using medical cannabis throughout his four-year run of consecutive triumphes, starting in2007 The Iditarod eventually banned marijuana usage by mushers in 2010, which Mackey chalked up to other mushers being envious of his string of champions. Mackey won his 4th championship in 2011, after the cannabis ban was instituted.
Ophir is 352 miles (566 kilometres) into the almost, 1,000- mile (1609- kilometre) race throughout Alaska. Lanier’s withdrawal leaves 56 mushers in the race, with the winner anticipated in Nome at some point next week.