ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Veteran Iditarod musher Jeremy Keller, of Knik, Alaska, has exited the race and is mushing his team back to Willow, according to the race's public relations firm.
Keller scratched at 3:05 p.m. Thursday at the Nikolai checkpoint, as announced by the group at 7 o'clock.
Race representatives said: "Due to current events, Keller has made the difficult decision to scratch as he wants to be home with his friends and family during this stressful time."
In a Facebook post Thursday evening, Keller said he was having a "different kind of Iditarod."
"As things avalanche globally with closures and sickness and death," he said in a video, "we've decided it's time to turn around and go home, go home to my family."
The musher had 12 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.
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