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Mushers rescued

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in Alaska has been hit by blizzards, resulting in two racers being airelifted to safety.

Teams competing in the 1,000-mile quest were attempting to cross Eagle Summit NE of Fairbanks when a blizzard struck late last Sunday. A helicopter flew two mushers and their dog teams to a race checkpoint in good condition and was expected to try to airlift the remaining two teams, according to race officials.

Three of the four teams caught in the blizzard were competing in the race for the first time. The trapped racers included a Canadian, two Alaskans and a Japanese national living in Alaska.