- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod’s new communications rule will stay largely intact despite opposition.

KTVA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2ffGgcI) mushers will be able to carry two-way communication devices as well as GPS and tracking gear, but must have Iditarod Trail Committee approval to use the technology to contact the media.

Board members decided Friday to remove a part of the rule that said mushers would be disqualified if they used devices for outside assistance and coaching.

Four-time Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey said the rule as it stood could not be enforced.

He said after the board’s decision that he and others respectfully disagree with the board and that he is going to keep pushing to maintain the race’s integrity.

Board president Andy Baker said the rule was created due to safety concerns.


Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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