FAIRBANKS-The Iditarod trail seems to be the roughest yet as mushers are dropping like flies. Just five days into this year's race and 11 mushers have scratched with another withdrawing.
Jake Berkowitz is one of the latest victims to the trail, scratching after damaging his sled from Rohn to Nikolai.
Scary ordeal for Scott Janssen who crashed, fell on his head, was concussed, fell through ice and broke his ankle. He was airlifted from Tiny Creek and the Mushing Mortician is back in Anchorage today.
Here are those still braving the trails have stretches of bare ground. Aaron Burmeister is the leader and received $3,000 in gold nuggets for being the first to Cripple. Jeff King is second. Sonny Lindner is 3rd. He won the PenAir Spirit of Alaska award for being the first to Mcgrath. Paul Gebhardt is 4th and John Baker is 5th.
57 mushers are left in the field.