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We’re pleased to announce that as of this posting Coast Guard sponsored musher Ken Anderson has moved into tenth place as he continues his epic journey across Alaska’s toughest terrain in the 2010 Iditarod.

Here is the latest update from his blog as reported by Ken’s wife and fellow musher Gwen Holdmann:

I did get to speak to Ken on his 24 hour layover and apparently he badly damaged his sled as he was leaving Rohn after resting 5-1/2 hours. There was a lot of glare ice and wind on the first stretch, and his sled was blown sideways causing him to hit a stump that was sticking out of the ice. It catapulted him over the handlebars, ripped out both of the cross pieces, and did major damage to the bed of the sled as well. He had no choice but to turn around and go back to the checkpoint, where he spent some time on repairs. Ken did have one spare stanchion along, but he had to fashion a second one out of an old axe handle using only his Leatherman tool. He figures he lost about 1 hour and 40 minutes in the process, and would have left Rohn with the leaders had it not been for that incident. He was still pretty positive about it, and hopes the extra rest will help his team stay strong as the race progresses. Once he got to Takotna, his sled was pretty damaged from all the tussocks and rough trail due to the lack of snow. Originally he thought it was repairable, but on surveying the full extent of the damage he changed his mind. He paid a local guy to go back to McGrath where he had sent him backup sled to, and he is using that one now. (Click here to read the entire post as written by Ken’s wife, and fellow musher, Gwen Holdmann.)

Click here for the latest from the official website of the Iditarod. And, don’t forget to follow the race on Coast Guard District 17’s Twitter page.

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