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Chicago Man Injured in Alaska's Iditarod

Moon has been scratched from the race



    When the Chicago man pledged to run the Iditarod, he knew it was a dumb idea. (Published Thursday, March 11, 2010)

    A slightly built Chicago man who was injured in Alaska's Iditarod dog-sled race may have predicted his own demise.

    "It's a dumb idea for anybody to run the Iditarod," Pat Moon said before leaving for Alaska. "It's a stupid idea for someone with my body."

    Turns out Moon got injured.

    The rookie musher sustained a broken nose, broken hand and potentially other non-life threatening injuries when he crashed his sled into a tree Tuesday while competing in the 1,100-mile race.

    Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George says Belgian musher Sam Deltour found Moon unconscious on the trail, attended to him and then checked on the 33-year-old man's team.

    "We were going gangbusters, just pleased as punch with the entire run, and then, you know, there's some windy sections, but I don't necessarily remember an overly windy section that would have caused something like this," Moon told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper from his hospital bed.

    Moon said the first thing he remebers is waking up and seeing Deltour.

    "I said 'Hey Sam,'" Moon said. "I think he was happy to see me up and moving around. I think his dogs were happy, too. ... 130 extra pounds is a lot of weight."

    St. George says Moon was flown to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, where he received a checkup.

    The spokesman says Moon's 15 dogs were not hurt but he has been scratched from the race.