On March 4, 2012, years of preparation, trial and error, defeat and victory culminated on a frozen lake in tiny Willow, Alaska, about 70 miles north of the state’s largest city, where Iditarod XL was officially under way. By March 14, there was a winner.
Twenty-five year old Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey raised and pumped his arms in victory as he rode onto Front Street in Nome, tossing in a thumb's up to the cheering crowd as he pulled into the winner's chute to claim his place in history. Seavey crossed the finish line after racing 9 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes to become the youngest first-place finisher in the history of the race.
Here are some of our best photos and videos of previous coverage of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.