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Officials with the world’s most famous sled dog race said Iditarod Nation was in mourning
Leon went missing in March after what the trail committee said was his “escape” from the Ruby checkpoint
He matched the record of five wins by Rick Swenson, known as the King of the Iditarod for picking up those titles from 1977-91.
Pete Kaiser scratched at the McGrath checkpoint.
“It happened really fast. I was glad I was at the right place at the right time.”
Johnson tested negative on Sunday, when he began the race.
Zirkle sustained multiple injuries after suffering a fall while coming into the checkpoint in Rohn on Monday evening.