- Associated Press - Sunday, February 27, 2011

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had trouble with his snowmobile skis toward the end of the world’s longest snowmobile race as a rival team to surged to victory Saturday.

Tyler Huntington and Chris Olds crossed the finish line near Fairbanks to repeat as Iron Dog champions for the second straight year. They passed the team of Palin and Eric Quam in the final 100 miles of the 2,000-mile race across Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that Palin had to stop to fix his skies, and that delay gave the rival team the break needed as it finished 14 minutes ahead of the second-place Palin team.

Mrs. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, was on hand last Sunday to see her husband off. He is a three-time winner in the race.

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