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2014 Iditarod Day 4

Musher Mike Ellis, from Two Rivers, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle gets a kiss from her husband and fellow Iditarod musher Allen Moore as she prepares to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 P.M. during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, leaves the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Marte Brekke and Therese Neff, from Norway, have their photo made with Dick Newton, ADN Iditarod Hall of Fame member, the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Brekke has been staying in a cabin outside of Takotna for 6 months hunting and enjoying the wilderness.
Bob Hallinen
Karin Hendrickson, from Wasilla, AK, works on her sled at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Hendrickson said that every bolt on her sled is loose and every muscle in her body is sore including neck muscles when she yawns.
Bob Hallinen
Karin Hendrickson, from Wasilla, AK, winces as she gets up while working on her sled at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Hendrickson said that every bolt on her sled is loose and every muscle in her body is sore including neck muscles when she yawns.
Bob Hallinen
Anna Berington passes through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Flags representing the nations of the foreign mushers in the race fly at the side of the trail.
Bob Hallinen
Frankie Sayer stands on the brake of Iditarod musher Charley Bejna, from Addison, IL, sled at the Takotna checkpoint while Bejna goes through his drop bags during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Bejna went through the checkpoint without stopping to rest.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Robert Sorlie, from Hurdal, Norway, sports a golden necklace at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Sorlie was given the necklace by a little girl in the chute at the start of the race in Willow, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, gets a dipper of hot water to dump in his dog food cooler at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Neff blew through the checkpoint without stopping to rest.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nathan Schroeder, from Chisholm, MN, rubs ointment into LoopÍs leg at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Scott Janssen rubs a bruised arm while wearing a boot for his broken foot on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at his south Anchorage home. Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was airlifted off the trail to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday morning for treatment for a concussion along with a broken bone.
Erik Hill
Some gear is now home as Iditarod musher Scott Janssen begins his recuperation from a concussion and a broken foot Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at his south Anchorage home. Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was airlifted off the trail to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday morning for treatment for a concussion along with a broken bone.
Erik Hill
Curt Perano, from Central Otago, New Zealand, massages Block at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Bundtzen, from Anchorage, AK, removes his dog team's booties after arriving at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, puts coats on his dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, puts coats on his dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A pile of dog booties lies on the snow near the Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Michelle Phillips, from Tagash, YT, Canada, feeds her dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Ray Redington, Jr. and Race Marshal Mark Nordman watch a GoPro video of musher Jeff King running his team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Michelle Phillips, from Tagash, YT, Canada, feeds her dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Marianne Mallory, from Chugiak, AK, chops firewood at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Mallory is a junior musher and hopes to run the Jr. Iditarod next year.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
Monica Zappa looks for dry long underwear in her sled bag at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Alex Buetow drives his dog team into the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai residents Philip Esei and his wife Doris Esei talk to visitors at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Philip Esei runs Silver Tip Guide service out of Nikolai, the last of the three guiding services that were in Nikolai. Esei is a hunting guide for everything except mountain goats.
Bob Hallinen
Alex Buetow is all smiles as he arrives coming into the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai checker Marty Runkle points out the lay of the land of the checkpoint to Alex Buetow as he arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before, his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn, except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
One of John DixonÕs team dogs looks back at the musher after they arrived at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A musher drives his team through the spruce forest between the McGrath and Takotna checkpoints during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Flash, a team dog for musher Mike Williams Jr., rests on his bed of straw at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Mike Williams Jr. sits on his dog sled as he changes batteries in his headlamp at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Phil Runkle brings an armful of wood to the water heater at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The checkpoint provides hot water for all of the mushers.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Newton Marshall gets hot water from the wood fired heater at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The checkpoint provides hot water for all of the mushers.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Newton Marshall talks about helping out a musher on the Farewell Burn with a broken ankle at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai residents Oline Petruska, Tyler Alexia and Stephanie Petruska wait by the wood fired hot water for mushers to come in at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai resident Oline Petruska, talks with visitors at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Mike Ellis, from Two Rivers, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle gets a kiss from her husband and fellow Iditarod musher Allen Moore as she prepares to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 P.M. during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, leaves the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Marte Brekke and Therese Neff, from Norway, have their photo made with Dick Newton, ADN Iditarod Hall of Fame member, the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Brekke has been staying in a cabin outside of Takotna for 6 months hunting and enjoying the wilderness.
Bob Hallinen
Karin Hendrickson, from Wasilla, AK, works on her sled at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Hendrickson said that every bolt on her sled is loose and every muscle in her body is sore including neck muscles when she yawns.
Bob Hallinen
Karin Hendrickson, from Wasilla, AK, winces as she gets up while working on her sled at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Hendrickson said that every bolt on her sled is loose and every muscle in her body is sore including neck muscles when she yawns.
Bob Hallinen
Anna Berington passes through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Flags representing the nations of the foreign mushers in the race fly at the side of the trail.
Bob Hallinen
Frankie Sayer stands on the brake of Iditarod musher Charley Bejna, from Addison, IL, sled at the Takotna checkpoint while Bejna goes through his drop bags during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Bejna went through the checkpoint without stopping to rest.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Robert Sorlie, from Hurdal, Norway, sports a golden necklace at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Sorlie was given the necklace by a little girl in the chute at the start of the race in Willow, AK.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, gets a dipper of hot water to dump in his dog food cooler at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Neff blew through the checkpoint without stopping to rest.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Hugh Neff, from Tok, AK, went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two Rivers, AK, prepares her dog team to leave the Takotna checkpoint at 9 p.m. after a 24-hour layover during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nathan Schroeder, from Chisholm, MN, rubs ointment into LoopÍs leg at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Scott Janssen rubs a bruised arm while wearing a boot for his broken foot on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at his south Anchorage home. Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was airlifted off the trail to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday morning for treatment for a concussion along with a broken bone.
Erik Hill
Some gear is now home as Iditarod musher Scott Janssen begins his recuperation from a concussion and a broken foot Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at his south Anchorage home. Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was airlifted off the trail to an Anchorage hospital early Wednesday morning for treatment for a concussion along with a broken bone.
Erik Hill
Curt Perano, from Central Otago, New Zealand, massages Block at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Bundtzen, from Anchorage, AK, removes his dog team's booties after arriving at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, puts coats on his dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, puts coats on his dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A pile of dog booties lies on the snow near the Mats Pettersson, from Kiruna, Sweden, dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Michelle Phillips, from Tagash, YT, Canada, feeds her dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Ray Redington, Jr. and Race Marshal Mark Nordman watch a GoPro video of musher Jeff King running his team through the Dalzell Gorge at the Takotna checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Michelle Phillips, from Tagash, YT, Canada, feeds her dog team at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Marianne Mallory, from Chugiak, AK, chops firewood at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Mallory is a junior musher and hopes to run the Jr. Iditarod next year.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
Monica Zappa looks for dry long underwear in her sled bag at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Alex Buetow drives his dog team into the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai residents Philip Esei and his wife Doris Esei talk to visitors at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Philip Esei runs Silver Tip Guide service out of Nikolai, the last of the three guiding services that were in Nikolai. Esei is a hunting guide for everything except mountain goats.
Bob Hallinen
Alex Buetow is all smiles as he arrives coming into the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai checker Marty Runkle points out the lay of the land of the checkpoint to Alex Buetow as he arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Christian Turner snacks his dogs at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The day before, his gangline broke and he lost his team in the Farewell Burn, except for the two wheel dogs.
Bob Hallinen
One of John DixonÕs team dogs looks back at the musher after they arrived at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
A musher drives his team through the spruce forest between the McGrath and Takotna checkpoints during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Flash, a team dog for musher Mike Williams Jr., rests on his bed of straw at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Musher Mike Williams Jr. sits on his dog sled as he changes batteries in his headlamp at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Phil Runkle brings an armful of wood to the water heater at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The checkpoint provides hot water for all of the mushers.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Newton Marshall gets hot water from the wood fired heater at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The checkpoint provides hot water for all of the mushers.
Bob Hallinen
Iditarod musher Newton Marshall talks about helping out a musher on the Farewell Burn with a broken ankle at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai residents Oline Petruska, Tyler Alexia and Stephanie Petruska wait by the wood fired hot water for mushers to come in at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Nikolai resident Oline Petruska, talks with visitors at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at sunrise on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Bob Hallinen
Alaska Dispatch