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Mushing: Not a recession-proof career. Iditarod sled dog race feels the economic pinch

Iditarod The world's most famous sled dog race is feeling squeezed by the poor economy.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race says it has lost nearly $1 million in funding over the past year and that is forcing organizers to cut the prize money for the 2010 race by $100,000.

The Iditarod Trail Committee says in a press release that organizers are facing a reduction of $455,000 in revenue after losing a media partnership and two sponsorship deals in the past month.

Organizers lost another media sponsorship as well as a significant cut in sponsorship money in late 2008 that reduced coffers by $485,000.

That meant a $300,000 reduction in prize money for this year's race, down from $925,000 from the previous year.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Musher Doug Swingley drives his dogsled team across the frozen Golovin Bay during the 2001 running of the Iditarod.  Credit: Al Grillo / Associated Press

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Good. Maybe this will serve as a disincentive for an event that kills a LOT of dogs with apparent impunity.

Agreed - be good to see more sponsors actually develop a conscience and pull the plug on supporting cruelty.


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