4-time Iditarod champion sidelined by emergency just before Sunday’s start

Musher Jeff King, 64, will not compete in this year's race. In the 2014 contest, King was leading until he got lost in a blizzard near the last checkpoint, and had to scratch.

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March 4, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Scott Janssen arrives at the 311-mile checkpoint in the 2014 1,000-mile Iditarod race. Photo by (Norma Meyer/TNS)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Emergency surgery has sidelined a four-time winner of Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race days before he was set to compete in his 30th race.

Jeff King withdrew Tuesday over concerns for his health, a spokeswoman for the Iditarod told The Associated Press. The race will start Sunday north of Anchorage.

Messages left with King at the hospital and his cellphone were not immediately returned.

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