Zoya DeNure first musher to scratch in Iditarod

Musher Zoya DeNure (Bib No. 47) departing from Anchorage during the 2018 Ceremonial Start.

SKWENTNA, Alaska (KTUU) - At 7:49 a.m. Monday, Zoya DeNure – Bib No. 47 – scratched at the Skwentna checkpoint. The 41-year-old veteran musher is the first racer to scratch in the 2018 Iditarod.

The Iditarod Trail Committee announced that DeNure decided to scratch due to "personal health reasons."

When the musher scratched, the committee said she had 15 dogs in harness. This is the same number of dogs as when she first departed from Willow.

Based on standings information, DeNure was en-route for approximately 7 hours and 11 minutes, over the course of 72 total miles.

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