ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A four-time winner of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race who was recently accused in a dog-doping scandal has signed up to participate in Norway's Finnmarkslopet race next year.
The announcement Thursday came weeks after Dallas Seavey withdrew from next year's 1,000-mile Iditarod.
Seavey quit in protest over race organizers' handling of an investigation after four of his dogs tested positive for a banned substance following his second-place finish in March. He denies the allegations.
More recently, animal-welfare investigators in Alaska said they found no evidence of animal cruelty after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals complained about a kennel operated by Seavey.
The Iditarod is held around the same time each year as the 745-mile Finnmarkslopet, which starts next year on March 9.