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A musher competes in the 2016 Iditarod. (Anvil Mountain/AFP/Getty Images)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska authorities are investigating after a female competitor in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said two men groped her as her team passed by.

Alaska State Trooper James Lester says he’s investigating the March 13 incident as harassment for now. The 27-year-old musher reported the groping at the checkpoint in the village of Nulato, almost 350 miles from the Nome finish line.

It happened a day after authorities say a man on a snowmobile intentionally drove into two top Iditarod teams, killing one dog and injuring others.

Lester says he’s been trying to contact the rookie musher and hasn’t interviewed her yet. The woman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Monday.

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