The Iditarod Trail Committee Board released a statement today regarding rules related to musher conduct. Recent reports of domestic violence charges against musher Travis Beals have prompted Iditarod officials to disallow any 2017 application from Beals.
The statement says Beals will be out of the Iditarod for 2017 and for an ‘indefinite period of time thereafter saying the duration will be dependent on successful completion of court ordered rehabilitation.
24 year old Beals was in court in Palmer on Tuesday for a domestic violence charge that was filed before the 2016 Iditarod race. In an earlier, May 2015 domestic violence assault charge, he pleading guilty to a lesser offense.