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Iditarod: Day 5 (McGrath and Takotna)

Hugh Neff gets a kiss form Geronimo at the Takotna, Alaska, checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Geronimo was born of Annie, Neff's main leader. A number of Annies offspring are on his team, which he calls "Annie's Army."
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Tokatna resident Jessie Fox gets fire going under the water barrel at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle's sled dogs with glow stick collars at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Takotna volunteers thought two mushers were coming in when Schnuelle arrived because he had a light mounted on his leaders chest.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
The Norwegian Takotna Parking Service team parks Lachlan Clarke's team at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle visits with his dogs Scruggs, Grisman and Cougar at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Fairbanks musher Sven Haltmann gets hot water at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher Lance Mackey rubs the head of Rev after rubbing ointment in one of the dog's front legs at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jim Lanier, the oldest musher in this years Iditarod at 69, lost the tips of his fingers to frost bite in a race out of Coldfoot in the Brooks Range in 1985. Lanier talks about his mushing career in the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod vet Emi Berger checks Allen Moore's dogs the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher William Pinkham's dog Rincon is tied up the back of a truck at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Rincon earlier chewed through the gang line.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher William Pinkham's dog Rincon chewed through the gang line at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Pinkham works on splicing the line back together.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Tom Lesatz of Two Rivers, Alaska, puts a coat on his dog Maya at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Lesatz is taking his 24 hour layover in McGrath.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Allen Moore of Two Rivers pulls into the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010, during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Linwood Fiedler of Willow visits with his sled dog's Jeff, front, and Rigger at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Fiedler is taking his 24 hour layover in McGrath.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Hugh Neff gets a kiss form Geronimo at the Takotna, Alaska, checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Geronimo was born of Annie, Neff's main leader. A number of Annies offspring are on his team, which he calls "Annie's Army."
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Tokatna resident Jessie Fox gets fire going under the water barrel at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle's sled dogs with glow stick collars at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Takotna volunteers thought two mushers were coming in when Schnuelle arrived because he had a light mounted on his leaders chest.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
The Norwegian Takotna Parking Service team parks Lachlan Clarke's team at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sebastian Schnuelle visits with his dogs Scruggs, Grisman and Cougar at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Fairbanks musher Sven Haltmann gets hot water at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher Lance Mackey rubs the head of Rev after rubbing ointment in one of the dog's front legs at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jim Lanier, the oldest musher in this years Iditarod at 69, lost the tips of his fingers to frost bite in a race out of Coldfoot in the Brooks Range in 1985. Lanier talks about his mushing career in the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod vet Emi Berger checks Allen Moore's dogs the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher William Pinkham's dog Rincon is tied up the back of a truck at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Rincon earlier chewed through the gang line.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Iditarod musher William Pinkham's dog Rincon chewed through the gang line at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Pinkham works on splicing the line back together.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Tom Lesatz of Two Rivers, Alaska, puts a coat on his dog Maya at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Lesatz is taking his 24 hour layover in McGrath.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Allen Moore of Two Rivers pulls into the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010, during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
Linwood Fiedler of Willow visits with his sled dog's Jeff, front, and Rigger at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint on the Kuskokwim River on Wednesday morning March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Fiedler is taking his 24 hour layover in McGrath.
Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
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