Janssen and Lanier scratch in Iditarod


by Jessica Gruenling

ANCHORAGE, Ak-- Before Scott Janssen and Jim Lanier hit the trail, we talked with both of them about what lied ahead.

"I'm excited to get out there and see what this trail is going to be like, now the decisions has been made we're starting from Willow,  it's taking its usual course. There have been all these stories on how the trail will be so terrible. Well in talking to some people I find out that it's gonna be just the usual terrible, hopefully, Jim Lanier, Iditarod Musher. "

"Just preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, Scott Janssen, Iditarod Musher."

The trail got the best of Janssen when he crashed his sled between Rohn and Nikolai causing him to his head on a stump.

He laid unconscious for two hours and still continued on the trail.

Twenty miles later one of his dogs got loose. 

In the process of getting his dog back Janssen broked his foot when falling through ice.

According to Janssen's Facebook page, fellow musher Newton Marshall came to his rescue and stayed with him until the Iditarod insider crew came to his side.
Janssen was taken to a hospital and is recovering at home. All of his dogs are in good condition

On Tuesday Morning at around 10:30 AM Jim Lanier scratched in Rainy Pass citing a leg injury.