ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Treacherous, snowless trail conditions continue to take their toll on mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
As of Wednesday morning, 11 mushers from the original field of 69 have scratched. Another musher has been withdrawn by race officials.
A top 10 finisher from last year's race is among those who have scratched. Jake Berkowitz left the race Tuesday after he damaged his sled beyond repair between the checkpoints in Rohn and Nikolai.
Another musher, Scott Janssen of Anchorage, scratched after he injured his leg while trying to regain control of a lost dog team, also between Rohn and Nikolai.
Poor weather conditions grounded Iditarod aviation volunteers, so the Alaska Air National Guard picked up Janssen and flew him to Anchorage for medical evaluation.