Iditarod musher's team struck in a hit-and-run during training

Wade Marrs arriving first to the coastal checkpoint of Unalakleet. (Patrick Enslow / KTUU)
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KNIK (KTUU) - A Knik Iditarod musher says his dog team was struck by a car Friday evening with one dog suffering a broken leg. The car drove away without helping, the musher claims.

Wade Marrs, a six-time Iditarod finisher, posted to social media to say one of his teams being run by rookie Iditarod musher Andrew Nolan was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

“The team was running on the side of the road very close to his home and despite the flashing of the ATV lights and headlamp, the vehicle proceeded to hit the lead dogs and continued to drive away,” said Marrs on social media.

Marrs described that one of his lead dogs, a two-year-old named Sockeye, suffered a broken leg. Good Samaritans stopped and loaded the injured dog into their car while Nolan drove the rest of the team home.

Sockeye was then taken to an emergency clinic, where x-rays “determined an oblique displaced fracture, which is good news because it’s a great candidate for successful surgical repair with a plate and pin.”

Marrs says Sockeye will be out for the rest of the season but “pending a successful healing she will return to run next year.” Due to the expense of the surgery, Marrs is asking for donations.

Marrs has finished in the top-10 for the past three Iditarods, including one fourth-place finish in 2016.