Inaugural sled dog race begins
Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey is among 23 competitors heading to Eagle in a new sled dog race that pays tribute to a chief of Eagle Village who died earlier this year.
The inaugural Top of the World 350 kicked off Thursday morning in Tok, where the winner is expected to cross the finish line Sunday.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says 2012 Yukon Quest winner Hugh Neff developed the idea with Jody Potts, a niece of Isaac Juneby, who died July 1 in a car accident in Anchorage.
Juneby, a musher, had been visiting his sister, Ellen Rada, who was hospitalized in Anchorage after she was beaten at a Fairbanks homeless camp. Rada died a week after Juneby.
Mushers are carrying Juneby memorabilia to present to Eagle Village residents