Zoya DeNure scratches in Skwentna, first scratch of 2018 Iditarod

Zoya Denure.
Zoya Denure. (2016 photo by Pat Yack/ Alaska Public Media)

The first musher to scratch in the 2018 Iditarod is Zoya DeNure of Delta Junction.

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According to a statement from the Iditarod, DeNure decided to scratch for personal health reasons. She arrived at the Skwentna checkpoint just after 3 a.m. this morning with 15 dogs on the line. Despite covering roughly 80 miles of Iditarod trail along the 1,000-mile southern route, DeNure made the decision to scratch at 7:49 a.m. in Skwentna.

DeNure has finished two Iditarod sled dog races out of the eight she has started.