Marrs scratches out of Iditarod race at Koyuk

NOME, Alaska (KTUU) - Wade Marrs, considered one of this year's top contenders in the Iditarod, has scratched out of the race at the Koyuk checkpoint, according to race officials.

Marrs had nine dogs in harness when he made the decision at noon at the Koyuk checkpoint, according to a release. The release said the decision was made for the best interest of himself and his team.

On his kennel's Facebook page, Marrs' support team said he'd been coming down with pneumonia that started in Unalakleet.

Now in his seventh Iditarod, Marrs had amassed three straight Top 10 finishes in The Last Great Race. He was considered one of the contenders for victory this year, but also found himself in the middle of controversy as the president of the Iditarod Official Finishers' Club, when a race drug testing official approached him before this year's re-start in Willow for a conversation Marrs thought improper.

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