FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mark Nordman, Race Director/Race Marshal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 IDITAROD MUSHER MATT GIBLIN DISQUALIFIED
MUSHER FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED RULE 30: USE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Wasilla, Alaska – July 5, 2012 – Veteran musher, Matt Giblin has been disqualified from the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for violating Rule 30: Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
Giblin tested positive for THC. He was notified of his positive test in April; however, Giblin chose to appeal the findings and intended sanctions. On June 27, an Appeals Board met and upheld the following sanctions:
- His status as the 38th official finisher in 2012 Iditarod Race is forfeited;
- He has been “disqualified” from the race; and
- He is required to return the $1,049 awarded to him as an official finisher.
Rule 30 states: Alcohol or drug impairment, the use of prohibited drugs by mushers, and positive results on drug or alcohol tests administered during a Race are each prohibited. Violations of this policy shall result in disqualification from a particular Race, and may result in ineligibility from participation for a specified period of time in future Races.