The Iditarod has expanded its governing body. On Monday, the organization announced it had added four new members to its board.
The move comes as a response to growing criticism of the race’s leadership team.
The new members are Nina Kemppel, Karen King, Mike Mills and Ryan York. Unlike many of the Iditarod Trail Committee’s current board members, none are Iditarod race veterans, and there are no apparent conflicts of interest. The move is partially a response to concerns that nepotism and cozy relationships were guiding board decisions on controversial changes in recent years.
The restructured board leaves 10 members total, with three people departing the body, Rick Swenson, Aaron Burmeister and Wade Marrs — all of whom are current or former Iditarod mushers.
Last year, the Iditarod was beset with different scandals, including high-profile allegations of doping, withdrawal of major sponsors and calls from mushers for the ITC board chair to resign.
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Canada: Annual race aimed at reviving Inuit dog sledding tradition set to kick off in Nunavik, Radio Canada International
Finland: Nordic World Ski Championships in Finland promise medals and magic, Yle News
Greenland: Siberian huskies, Greenland sled dogs share DNA with today’s canine companions, Radio Sweden
Norway: Swedish musher wins Finnmarksløpet, The Independent Barents Observer
United States: Norwegian Joar Ulsom wins the 46th Iditarod in Alaska, Alaska Public Media