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Nineteen young mushers to run Jr. Iditarod

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

WASILLA (AP) -- Nineteen young mushers will be heading out on the trail Saturday for the 25th running of the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

The mushers, who are between 14 and 17, will compete in a 160-mile race from the Settlers' Bay Golf Course in Wasilla to Yentna Station and back to Wasilla. The race requires the mushers to overnight at Yentna and care for their dogs.

Among those competing are the youngest members of several mushing families.

Defending champion Tyrell Seavey represents the third generation of the Seavey family to mush competitively. Cali King is the daughter of three-time Iditarod champion Jeff King. She finished second in last year's Jr. Iditarod. Also competing is rookie Nicole Osmar, daughter of Tim Osmar, an Iditarod veteran and last year's Yukon Quest champion.

The race will wrap up on Sunday, with an awards banquet scheduled for Sunday evening. The race provides scholarship awards for first through third place totaling $5,000.



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