AP NewsBreak: 2-time Iditarod champ says ’16 likely his last

BIG LAKE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher who is only one of two men born outside the United States to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race says this year will likely be his last as a competitor.

Robert Sorlie, a firefighter from Oslo, Norway, tells The Associated Press on Friday that he is basing his decision on his age and the costs involved with running the world’s most famous sled dog race.

Sorlie is 58 years old, and has been running dogs for 50 years. He says everything must have an end.

He also said it’s difficult for him to raise the funds needed every year to compete in the race. This year, he estimates it will cost him $60,000 to fly his dogs and handlers to Alaska from Norway, plus other costs like sending food for him and his dogs to checkpoints along the nearly 1,000-mile trail to Nome. Last year’s winner earned $70,000.

Sorlie won the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005.