Athletes of the Iditarod

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Athletes of the Iditarod

Photograph By Albert Lewis


age: 5 years
gender: male
position: wheel
race miles: 7,000

Waylon is a gentle giant. Weighing more than 75 pounds, he would be considered too large by most mushers' standards, but he has always gotten the job done. He runs in all positions from lead to wheel, but he is usually kept right in front of the sled where his size and strength helps muscle the sled when slaloming between narrow trees or around tight corners. He looks and pulls like a beast, but acts like a giant teddy bear.