According to KTVA-TV, the CBS Anchorage affiliate, a dog team arrived at a checkpoint without a musher.
Linwood Fiedler, 62, a race veteran, arrived at the checkpoint Ruby about an hour behind his dogs after falling asleep and toppling off his sled.
He has fallen off the sled before but was awake enough to shout “whoa” and the dogs stopped. But this time was different.
“I wish I had some great story about how a moose attacked my team, but I just fell asleep,” Fiedler said. “I nodded off and caught a snowsnake, and I went flying, and I yelled for them to whoa, and they almost stopped, but they know where Ruby [the checkpoint] is.
“You feel a little alone and naked walking down the Yukon River all by yourself in the middle of the night, looking at wolf tracks that every once in a while, you go, ‘Hmm.’”
Other mushers were able to give Fiedler a lift to the checkpoint.
Fiedler checked in at 4:09 a.m. Thursday and was back on the trail at 11:37 a.m., race standings show.