"Date: March 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - (Saturday, March 1, 2008) - On Thursday night at the pre- race Mushers Banquet, G.B. Jones (Wasilla, AK) told the audience that he would retire after day one of the race because of a previous illness. Jones (Bib #45) made the decision to scratch from the 2008 Iditarod at 1:50 p.m. today after making the 11 mile run to Campbell Airstrip. Jones has finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race twice. "
I have to admit I'm not familiar with what the illness could be, if it's something major (eg. cancer, pneumonia) or something smaller (a cold earlier in the week). Does anyone have a clue on the illness (his website is over its bandwidth allotment - not a good sign!)?