Yukon Quest champion scratches out of Iditarod

Allen Moore talks with KTUU in McGrath during the 2018 Iditarod. (KTUU)

NOME, Alaska (KTUU) - Veteran Iditarod musher Allen Moore, who won this year's Yukon Quest, has scratched from the 2018 Iditarod at Kaltag Tuesday afternoon.

Iditarod officials say Moore, of Two Rivers, made the decision at 3:30 p.m. due to his personal health reasons. Earlier in the week Moore and wife Aliy Zirkle's kennel, SP Kennel, said in a blog post that Moore had an infection and was taking antibiotics.

Moore had 13 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch, race officials said.

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