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Iditarod 2013 - More racers arrive in Unalakleet

Jeff King, foreground, and Jake Berkowitz mush into Unalakleet in a snowstorm. March 10, 2013
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Jeff King charges into Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Jake Berkowitz mushing into Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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A dog in Mitch Seavey's team sleeps in a light snow in the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King in the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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Jeff King tending to his dogs in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Jake Berkowitz in the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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One of Jeff King's dogs patiently waits for lunch. March 10, 2013
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Jeff King's wheel dogs wait patiently for a meal and a bed of straw. March 10, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle makes food for her team in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
Norwegian rookie Joar Leifseth Ulsom arrives in the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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Ray Redington Jr. beds his dogs in Unalakleet. March 10, 2013
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Rookie Joar Leifseth Ulsom sets his wake up alarm inside the Unalakleet checkpoint. He arrived in 7th place, far ahead of any other rookie. March 10, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle struggles to get her wet boots off in the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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A calm and collected Jeff King studies the race standings inside the Unalakleet checkpoint. March 10, 2013
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Race leaders reached the snowy, windy checkpoint of Unalakleet on Sunday morning, but they're still on the hunt for truly cold temperatures.

Mitch Seavey of Sterling was first to the checkpoint, ski poling furiously as about 100 people watched him cruise in 15 minutes ahead of Aaron Burmeister of Nome.

Seavey won $2,500 worth of gold nuggets for arriving first – about one and half ounces of gold, all collected from the Nome area. The 2004 champ said this was the first time he had won an award along this year's trail – last year he was first to the Yukon, but the award went unsponsored. Seavey said he didn't try to win the Gold Coast award this year, saying his eye is on a larger prize – a second Iditarod championship.

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