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Iditarod musher from Duluth withdraws from race after positive COVID test

Gunnar Johnson withdrew from the race Wednesday.
Gunnar Johnson.

Gunnar Johnson.

An Iditarod musher from Duluth has withdrawn from the race after testing positive for COVID-19.

Gunnar Johnson withdrew from the race Wednesday after testing positive at the McGrath checkpoint on the route. The famed race started on March 6 in Alaska.

Johnson was removed from the checkpoint and taken to an Arctic oven tent to isolate, as required by the Iditarod’s COVID-19 mitigation plan.

According to an announcement from the Iditarod, Johnson did not come into contact with any race personnel or enter any community spaces or buildings.

Johnson is a veteran of the race, first participating in 1991.

The Iditarod was shortened from around 1,000 miles to around 860 miles this year to accommodate COVID-19 precautions, according to Alaska Public Media News.

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