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2010 Iditarod: Day 4 (Nikolai and McGrath)

One of Hugh Neff's team dogs shakes off after arriving in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hugh Neff arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Left to right, Iditarod vet tech and trail volunteer, Cassandra Winslow, head Iditarod vet Stu Nelson and musher Hans Gatt examine one of Gatt's dogs after he arrived in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Gatt dropped the dog.
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Hans Gatt arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hugh Neff, center, arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hans Gatt arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jeff King checks his watch as he leaves Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hans Gatt is checked into the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Gatt dropped 1 dog and then left the checkpoint.
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Mitch Seavey heads down the trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Sebastian Schnuelle leaves the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Mitch Seavey heads down the trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Gearld Sousa arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Sebastian Schnuelle checks one of his dog's paws as as he prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jessie Royer arrives in Nikolai at 2:40 PM on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Gerry Willomitzer changes sled runners at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jeff King checks his watch as he leaves Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Joe Petruska fills the hot water tank at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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The Nikolai checkpoint from above on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jeff KIng is the first musher out of Nikolai at 3:09 pm on Tuesday March 9, 20010 on his way to McGrath during the Iditarod.
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Sebastian Schnuelle's dog Austin yawns at the Nikolai checkpoint as Schnuelle starts to prepare the team to leave on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Sebastian Schnuelle prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Sebastian Schnuelle's dogs rest in the sun in Nikolai as he starts to booty the team to leave on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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John Baker is the third musher out of the checkpoint of Nikolai as he mushes past an old cabin on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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An Iditarod volunteer leads Rick Swenson's team to his parking place as he arrives in Nikolai on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Mitch Seavey's dog Beetle Juice tucks it's nose into the end of it's tail at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The dog's name was suggested by a tourist.
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Sebastian Schnuelle prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jessie Royer arrives in Nikolai at 2:40 PM on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jeff King booties Titan as he gets ready to leave Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Rick Swenson arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jason Barron put coats on his team after arriving in the checkpoint of Nikolai while his sled dog Classic checks out the scene on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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John Baker is the third musher out of the checkpoint of Nikolai on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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One of Hugh Neff's team dogs shakes off after arriving in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hugh Neff arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Left to right, Iditarod vet tech and trail volunteer, Cassandra Winslow, head Iditarod vet Stu Nelson and musher Hans Gatt examine one of Gatt's dogs after he arrived in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Gatt dropped the dog.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Hans Gatt arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Hugh Neff, center, arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Hans Gatt arrives in the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jeff King checks his watch as he leaves Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Hans Gatt is checked into the Kuskokwim River town of McGrath at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Gatt dropped 1 dog and then left the checkpoint.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Mitch Seavey heads down the trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Sebastian Schnuelle leaves the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Mitch Seavey heads down the trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Gearld Sousa arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle checks one of his dog's paws as as he prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jessie Royer arrives in Nikolai at 2:40 PM on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Gerry Willomitzer changes sled runners at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jeff King checks his watch as he leaves Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Joe Petruska fills the hot water tank at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
The Nikolai checkpoint from above on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jeff KIng is the first musher out of Nikolai at 3:09 pm on Tuesday March 9, 20010 on his way to McGrath during the Iditarod.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle's dog Austin yawns at the Nikolai checkpoint as Schnuelle starts to prepare the team to leave on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle's dogs rest in the sun in Nikolai as he starts to booty the team to leave on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
John Baker is the third musher out of the checkpoint of Nikolai as he mushes past an old cabin on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
An Iditarod volunteer leads Rick Swenson's team to his parking place as he arrives in Nikolai on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Mitch Seavey's dog Beetle Juice tucks it's nose into the end of it's tail at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The dog's name was suggested by a tourist.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle prepares to leave the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jessie Royer arrives in Nikolai at 2:40 PM on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jeff King booties Titan as he gets ready to leave Nikolai in first place on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Rick Swenson arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Jason Barron put coats on his team after arriving in the checkpoint of Nikolai while his sled dog Classic checks out the scene on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
John Baker is the third musher out of the checkpoint of Nikolai on Tuesday March 9, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
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Craig Medred