12/02/11 - 8:18am
ANCHORAGE — Musher John Baker blazed from Anchorage to Nome in record time in the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and will be back to defend his crown in March.
Iditarod officials said Thursday that Baker is one of 69 mushers, including six former champions, who plan to compete in the 2012 race.
Seven of the top 10 finishers and 23 of the top 30 from a year ago will return.
“What that tells us is that the 2012 race promises to be ultra-competitive again — pretty hard to crack that top 30 for a newcomer,” said race director Stan Hooley.