The best race of Iditarod 2015 didn’t take place in front of huge crowds or a live television audience. Instead, the battle for 12th place played out over 11 hours of dramatic racing, featuring the most terrifying windstorm many mushers had ever witnessed. Matt Tunseth
This Iditarod will be analyzed in depth by every competitive Iditarod racer. “What could I have done differently? Should I have taken Spot instead of Rover?” But remember, it’s an accomplishment just to get to the finish line.John Schandelmeier
Thomas Waerner of Norway was the first rookie in, placing 17th and finishing 78 minutes before Canadian rookie Jeason Campeau. Meanwhile, Australian Christian Turner ran Dallas Seavey's puppy team to a rock-solid 15th place finish, improving his position from his rookie run in 2014 by 23 places.Matt Tunseth

Although the excitement surrounding Dallas Seavey’s win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was clearly Wednesday’s race highlight, throngs of people continued to gather along the finishing chute as the rest of the front-runners arrived in continually-warming temperatures through the afternoon.

Marc Lester
Although the excitement surrounding Dallas Seavey’s Iditarod win was clearly Wednesday’s race highlight, people continued to gather along the finishing chute as the rest of the front-runners arrived in continually rising temperatures.Matt Tunseth
Vehicles lined Front Street past the edge of downtown Nome to watch Aaron Burmeister come off the sea ice and into the city, where he was welcomed back to familiar terrain by a group of traditional dancers. Matt Tunseth

Dallas Seavey pulls into Nome and talks about his winning run toward victory in the 2015 Iditarod. 

Marc Lester
They're young, they're fast, they're anxious to please. Hero, Beatle and Reef were star dogs for Dallas Seavey, all raised in his Willow kennel. Bad news for competitors: The JV squad is headed for a top-20 finish. Matt Tunseth
The Seaveys have become the first family of distance mushing over the past decade, with four Iditarod titles and the prospect of going one-two in this year's race. The family has known a lot of success, but that wasn’t always the case.Matt Tunseth

Combined with his father's win in 2013, Dallas's win Wednesday gave the Seavey family title to victories in four straight Iditarods and propelled Dallas into rarefied air.  Only six other mushers in race history have three or more victories, a list topped by five-time champion Rick Swenson. Seavey gave full credit to the dogs. "As long as you take care of the dog team and make good decisions, good things will happen,'' he said.

Loren Holmes