Last winter's arduous Iditarod was believed by some to be the last hurrah for four-time champ and fan favorite Lance Mackey, but Thursday on Facebook he said he plans to enter the 2016 sled-dog race to Nome.Beth Bragg

Turnagain Elementary School first graders participate in a Schools on Trails celebration of a new mushing-themed interpretive trail on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at Balto Seppala Park. 

Erik Hill
It’s never easy to bid farewell to those close to us, particularly after sharing so many years and surviving some pretty harrowing experiences together. You’d never know it from him, though. He was the quiet, stoic type, especially about his athletic feats and acts of heroism.Joseph Robertia
Akiak resident and Iditarod musher Mike Williams Sr. stepped outside Saturday to see his dog lot falling into the Kuskokwim River and seven of his chained sled dogs being pulled into the water.Lakeidra Chavis | KYUK Public Media
A year after an accident left Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson on the sidelines, the four-time finisher hopes to return to the race in 2016.Suzanna Caldwell
Dogs on treadmills are a rare, but not totally new, training technique for mushers. Dallas Seavey wants to take it to the next level.Suzanna Caldwell

Three-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey uses a 50-foot treadmill in a refrigerated trailer to train his dogs during the off-season.

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Peggy Stout, mother of Iditarod competitor DeeDee Jonrowe, died Wednesday of breast cancer at age 86.Suzanna Caldwell
Mary threw her things into the back of her truck. She loaded her dogs and left the home she bought only 10 months earlier. She left believing that it was going to be fine.Laureli Ivanoff
A group of volunteers has come together to help out the many sled dogs displaced by the Sockeye Fire in Willow.Associated Press
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