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Iditarod dogs check in after musher falls asleep, has to walk

By Eric DuVall
Iditarod dogs check in after musher falls asleep, has to walk
Veteran Iditarod musher Linwood Fiedler speaks to the media the morning after his dogsled arrived at a checkpoint without him Fiedler said he fell asleep a few miles outside the checkpoint at Ruby, Alaska, and fell off his sled, necessitating an hour-long walk. Screen shot courtesy KTUU-TV

March 10 (UPI) -- Officials at a checkpoint in the Iditarod dogsled race were left scratching their heads after a dogsled arrived without its musher on Thursday.

Veteran Iditarod musher Linwood Fiedler's sled and dogs pulled into the checkpoint in Ruby, Alaska, in the middle of the night Thursday, minus one important piece of cargo -- Fiedler himself.

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It initially took officials some time to realize Fiedler wasn't there. He arrived on foot about an hour later, with no physical injuries, but a slightly bruised ego.

He told KTUU-TV he was fighting to stay awake a few miles away from the checkpoint when he apparently fell asleep and fell off the sled. The dogs continued their path toward the checkpoint without his direction.

After a rest, Fiedler was able to continue the race, which is at its halfway point.

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