After taking the lead in Nome, Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad were disqualified from the 2017 Iron Dog after a photo surfaced of spectators pushing down on their sleds while fueling between the Ruby and Tanana checkpoints.
Galena resident and longtime Iron Dog fan Peter Aloysius tells KTUU that he and his father have gone up and staged fuel for riders for many years, but it was the first time for the two spectators who pushed on the sleds.
Aloysius continues, "Tyson and Tyler both noticed and asked them to stop. Which they did. Now the picture doesn't do it justice for what all happened. A picture is a split second. These guys are professionals at this sport and are where they are by knowing and following the rules. They had no intentions of cheating as this gave them no possible benefit."