Iditarod reverses musher demotions, but then levies fines

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the Iditarod announced Thursday they have reversed the penalties levied against two mushers who were demoted in final standings for breaking a rule against sheltering their dogs inside a cabin during vicious storms during this year’s race across Alaska.

    However, mushers Mille Porsild of Denmark and Michelle Phillips of Canada were then fined $1,000 each, the same as another musher who was initially fined but not demoted for also sheltering dogs inside near the end of the race in March.

    Porsild was dropped from 14th to 17th position, while Phillips dropped one notch to 18th.

    Their original finish positions and prize money were restored with the board’s decision.

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