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

December 7, 2009 |  3:02 pm

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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