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Iditarod 2013 - Leaders make it to the coast

Mitch Seavey was first to the coast, beating Aaron Burmeister to Unalakleet by 14 minutes. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey's team upon arriving in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey arrived first to Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Unalakleet residents cheer on the first musher to the coast. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey arrived first in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Wellsfargo awarded Mitch Seavey $2500 in gold nuggets for being the first musher to reach the coast at Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister arriving in Unalakleet, 14 minutes behind leader Mitch Seavey. March 10, 2013
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Unalakleet residents cheer on Aaron Burmeister, a northwest Alaska favorite. March 10, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister whistles to his team as he parks in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister making hot food for his team in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey tending to his team in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister feeding his team in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey massaging one of his dogs in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey's team sleeping in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Mitch Seavey of Sterling seems to be running slightly faster than Nome’s Aaron Burmeister, but both of them are now running long and risk being caught by the slightly-more-conservative teams on their heels.

Seavey and Burmeister ran almost 13 hours non-stop through the night in an effort to put distance between themselves and the chase pack of Aliy Zirkle of Two Rivers, Jake Berkowitz of Big Lake, Norwegian rookie Joar Ulsom -- plus the surging teams of four-time champion Jeff King of Denali Park and Ray Redington Jr. of Willow.  Burmeister pulled his snow hook in Kaltag after just four hours rest following an immensely difficult run up the Yukon River, during which most mushers faced extreme overflow and snow-drifted trail.  Seavey, who got an extra hour of rest in Kaltag over Burmeister, followed 30 minutes behind in a tight-knit group of mushers.