Rookie musher Quince Mountain withdrawn from race

Quince Mountain, musher #50, as he moves down 4th Avenue at the Ceremonial Start of the 2020 Iditarod, on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU0 - Rookie Iditarod musher Quince Mountain's time on the Iditarod trail has come to an end.

Race marshal Mark Nordman made the call around 11:38 a.m. to withdraw Mountain from the race at the Unalakleet checkpoint.

Nordman made the decision based on rule 36 of the official Iditarod race rules regarding competitiveness.

Rule 36 -- Competitiveness: A team may be withdrawn that is out of the competition and is not in
a position to make a valid effort to compete. The Race Marshal may consider, but is not limited to,
weather, trail conditions and the overall pace of the Race when invoking this rule. A musher whose
conduct, constitutes an unreasonable risk of harm to him/her, dogs or other persons may also be

Mountain had 14 dogs in harness at the time of the withdrawal.

Both Mountain and his race team are in good health.

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