Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod, and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome.
Despite what's expected to be a long road to recovery for Nikolai Buser after a four-car crash in downtown Seattle, his family -- including his father, Iditarod champion Martin Buser -- is "just taking one day and one hour at a time."Chris Klint
Despite being one of the sport’s more accomplished dog drivers during his best years, Sebastian Schnuelle decided after the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race— in which he recorded his fourth-straight top-10 finish — that he was done. The racing grind had become too much.
Despite being one of the sport’s more accomplished dog drivers, Sebastian Schnuelle decided after the 2011 Iditarod — in which he recorded his fourth-straight top-10 finish — that he was done. The racing grind had become too much.Scott Jensen
For the unusual Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race, 17 teams of two mushers and up to 20 dogs pulled up to a humble, makeshift starting line on Thursday before a tiny group of spectators in Cantwell.Tegan Hanlon
An ecstatic crush of fans greeted Kuskokwim 300 hometown favorite Pete Kaiser of Bethel as he glided first into the finish chute on a brisk Sunday morning, one of only four back-to-back winners in the 37 years of the prestigious mid-distance sled dog race.Lisa Demer