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Photos: 2013 Iditarod restart in Willow

Dallas Seavey waves to fans as he mushes across Willow Lake.
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Wolfgang Winter, left, pets Rin Tin Tin, Barbara Jean's service dog, before the start of the Iditarod restart in Willow on March 3, 2013. Jean is an iditarod trail guard at the restart.
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One of musher Nicolas Petit's dogs rests on a camp chair prior to the official start of the Iditarod in Willow on March 3, 2013.
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Martin Buser heads out of the starting gate at the 2013 Iditarod restart in Willow, Alaska.
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Guy Arndt of Willow at the Iditarod restart on March 3, 2013.
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Scott Janssen leaves the Willow Lake start line at the 2013 Iditarod restart on Sunday, March 3.
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Doug Perfetto of Anchorage takes photos of musher Ken Anderson during the 2013 Iditarod restart on Willow Lake on Sunday, March 3.
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Musher Newton Marshall high fives fans as he races down the start chute.
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Nicolas Petit and his team leave Willow Lake after starting the 2013 Iditarod.
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DeeDee Jonrowe drives her team down Wilford Lane during the 2013 Iditarod restart.
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Linwood Fiedler and his team drop down onto Emswiler Lake after starting the 2013 Iditarod in Willow.
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Jessie Royer mushes down Wilford Lane in Willow after starting the 2013 Iditarod.
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Mitch Seavey's team heads for Emswiler Lake after starting the 2013 Iditarod in Willow.
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WILLOW -- With the Iditarod’s ceremonial start behind them, mushers were greeted with mild weather on Sunday as they pushed off from the Iditarod’s official restart line in Willow to begin the grueling 1,000-mile journey to Nome.

Fans began gathering to watch the race beneath mostly clear skies on Sunday morning with Mt. McKinley visible in the distance, bundled up with thermoses and coffee cups as temperatures hovered around 20 degrees.

Dogs and mushers were rearing to go early in the morning, the excitement palpable in the air. Veteran musher Kristy Berington, wearing bib no. 20, was feeling it too.

“Yeah, this is my fourth one, and I still get excited and nervous all the time," Berington said. "I can’t fight the feeling.”

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