Iditarod musher from Duluth withdraws from race after positive COVID test

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An Iditarod musher from Duluth has withdrawn from the race after testing positive for COVID-19.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