2007 Iditarod: Swingley Scratches

Four-time Iditarod winner Doug Swingley has scratched:

MUSHER Doug Swingley, (Bib #28) made the decision to scratch at 12:36 this afternoon (March 05, 2006) at Rainey Pass Checkpoint on Puntilla Lake in the Alaska Range. The four time Iditarod Champion from Lincoln Montana scratched due to injuries he incurred between Finger Lake and Rainey Pass. According to officials at the checkpoint Swingley may have suffered broken ribs. They said he also dislocated one of his thumbs. After careful consideration, Swingley said his greatest concern was whether he would be physically able to care for his team for the duration of the race.

No additional details are available but I’ll post them as soon as they are forthcoming.

At the end of the first day of racing the leaders are:

1 Cim Smyth
2 Lance Mackey
3 Aliy Zirkle
4 Tim Osmar
5 Ramey Smyth
6 Martin Buser
7 Zack Steer
8 Ramy Brooks
9 Paul Brooks
10 Mitch Seavey
Dave Schuler
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Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.


  1. Triumph says:

    No additional details are available but I’ll post them as soon as they are forthcoming.

    Oh yes, please do. I wont be able to sleep until I know which Canadian is walking his dog faster than the other ones.

    If this post is allegedly about a “sport” [as its tagged] shouldn’t it be in OTB Sports instead of cluttering up the main page?

  2. DL says:

    Shouldn’t we give the credit to the dogs?

  3. Timmer says:

    I lived in Anchorage for 3 years, 86-89, and I appreciate it.

    I was really sad to learn that Susan Butcher had passed away. I got to meet and talk with her one year. She was a great lady.