Ever wonder why mushers do what they do? How they endure the cold, and darkness for 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail? In 2014, Alaska Dispatch News created a musher profile series featuring some of the top Iditarod mushers in the state. Learn about their training methods, their dogs, and their unbridled determination.
As an Anchorage cardiologist, Mark Selland has an impressive medical resume. He also has an impressive resume when it comes to outdoor escapades. But he says running his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race may be his toughest challenge yet.
The Iditarod is just a dog race. Just a big game. But to so many people, it's much more. It's a hobby, it's a passion, it's a career, it's a way of life. Then to some people, it is life. It's who they are. I know because I'm related to them.Danny Seavey
Mushing has been a surprising venture for Eureka musher Brent Sass, who has wholeheartedly accepted the wilderness lifestyle many mushers have rejected in recent years. Sass claimed his first Yukon Quest championship in February. Suzanna Caldwell
Anchorage cardiologist Mark Selland has completed a long list of adventures that includes climbing Mount Everest, but running the Iditarod has him gearing up for his biggest challenge yet.Suzanna Caldwell