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Suzanna Caldwell

As an Anchorage cardiologist, Dr. Mark Selland has an impressive resume: medical school, internships, fellowships. But he also has an impressive resume when it comes to outdoor escapades.

He’s skied over the Harding Ice Field from Seward to Homer, traversed the Brooks Range, floated through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and climbed an impressive number of peaks -- notching six of the Seven Summits (he’s missing Australia’s Mount Kosciusko), including Mount Everest and Denali.

But for Selland, running the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, as he plans to this year, isn’t about checking another accomplishment off a list.

“This is not a bucket list,” he said in an interview last week. “I don’t have a bucket list of things I want to do.”...

Suzanna Caldwell

As an Anchorage cardiologist, Mark Selland has an impressive resume: medical school, internships, cardiology fellowships. But he also has an impressive resume when it comes to outdoor escapades...

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Musher Rob Cooke collected an unexpected red lantern for finishing last in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race earlier this month , but now has his sights set on becoming the first Siberian husky team to finish both that race and the Iditarod in the same year.

"We're never going to win Iditarod, but we can do very well," he said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, on Thursday...

Suzanna Caldwell

Following in the footsteps of its parent race , the Junior Iditarod is heading north.

Race organizers announced Tuesday the race would be moved from its original starting location at the Willow Community Center to the Denali Highway outside of Cantwell.

Trail Manager and Junior Iditarod Board Treasurer Richard Plack said rainy weather over the weekend turned the already snow-short trails in to ice sheets.

"It's too dangerous for the kids," said Plack, noting it would be impossible for racers to use their sled break or set a snow hook to stop the dogs...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Old Iditarod Gang is getting back together.

Members of an informal group that stayed in touch since the early days of the race to Nome are hosting a book signing and get together, celebrating their book " Iditarod -- The First Ten Years. "

The anthology documents the struggle to keep the race going during its early years will be available for purchase in both regular and leather-bound, limited-edition versions...

Suzanna Caldwell

Greg Kohs’ independently produced documentary follows four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey along the 2013 trail, where he went on to place 19th....

Suzanna Caldwell

On Feb. 24, recreational marijuana will be legal in Alaska, but don't expect to see any mushers using along the Iditarod Trail -- at least if they want to stay in the race.

"(It's a) non-issue," Race Marshall Mark Nordman wrote in an email to Alaska Dispatch News Thursday. "(The) rules have not changed."

Marijuana use on the trail remains prohibited for mushers. In 2010 the race added marijuana to its list of banned substances . The move was seen by some as a direct challenge to then three-time champion Lance Mackey, a cancer survivor and admitted medical marijuana user. Mackey went on to win his fourth consecutive race that year. He has never tested positive after a race for the drug...

Suzanna Caldwell

There are a few things Keilah Redman knows for sure about her wedding. One is that despite the fact she's from Michigan and her fiance, Jeremy Havener, is from Iowa, they want to wed in Galena, the Yukon River community where they met four years ago. She also knows that she’s going to get married at 3:14 p.m. on March 14. That date happens to be Pi day, a celebration for the high school math and elementary physical education teacher at Galena’s Sidney Huntington School . The date (3.14.15) matches the first five digits of Pi (3.1415)...

Suzanna Caldwell

Warm winter weather in Southcentral Alaska has claimed another mushing casualty.

Rookie Seward musher Sarah Stokey withdrew on Wednesday due to an inability to train on low snow. In a note posted to the Iditarod’s Facebook page , Stokey said she was forced to withdraw after a plan to train her dogs farther north fell through.

Stokey, who trains with husband Travis Beals at Turning Heads Kennel , said the couple has only five miles of suitable trails in the coastal community of Seward. That plus a lack of snow meant a lot of traveling for the couple. Stokey, 26, said they've driven close to 20,000 miles to train since September...

Suzanna Caldwell

The “Mushin’ Mon” Newton Marshall won’t be on the Iditarod trail this year -- at least not on the back of sled runners.

Marshall, who gained notoriety with his Jamaican sled dog team, isn’t racing this year after placing 43rd in 2014. Instead, Marshall is handling for mushers, including Jim Lanier and Karin Hendrickson, who had to withdraw from the race after a training accident in November...

Suzanna Caldwell