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Iditarod musher Martin Buser has a new weapon as he guns for a fifth victory in the 1,150-mile race: Maggie the elephant's old treadmill. Joshua Saul
Racing sled dogs 1,000 miles into the teeth of an Alaska winter apparently wasn't challenging enough for Rachael Scdoris. The legally blind musher from Bend, Ore., who has finished two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races, is in the middle of a new trek. Mike Campbell
Team Norway, a tight-knit group of Scandinavian dog mushers whose talent helped fuel the international appeal of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is staying home this year.Mike Campbell
Dog drivers from Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Canada and the United States, especially Alaska, will compete in the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a northern route that will take mushers and nearly 1,000 sled dogs over 1,100 miles of Alaska wilderness.Margaret Bauman
Lance Mackey, the Two Rivers musher who has won the past three races, and Nancy Yoshida, the North Dakota rookie whose Iditarod dream came to a crashing halt on the switchbacks of Happy River Gorge last winter, are among 60 mushers signed up for next year's race.
Riding on the parka tails of three-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey, the Iditarod Trail Committee has won a third-straight regional Emmy for a documentary about the 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.
The home of the Iditarod and Iron Dog might not sponsor either event next year.Rindi White
One public-use cabin is already under construction along the Iditarod Trail, another is planned for this summer, and $400,000 in federal stimulus funding is on the way for at least four more, the trail manager says.Craig Medred
Touted as "The Home of the Finest Mushing on Earth" the small community of Two Rivers, just east of Fairbanks, has five sled dogs for every one person, according to some.Jillian Rogers