The 2011 Iditarod has reached the Yukon River.


Stephen Nowers
Musher Hugh Neff -- nicknamed Huge Mess -- was long known for running teams of rabbits. It was not meant as a compliment. It was a reference to the old tortoise and hare story in which the rabbit runs fast, runs out of gas, and loses the race to the tortoise. Neff is still going fast, but with a little more subtlety this year.Craig Medred,Jill Burke
As the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rolls west from the old ghost town of Iditarod to the village of Anvik for the start of the long, tough charge north on the Yukon River, there is a new leader. Hugh Neff from Tok has pushed to the front.Joe Runyan
Idaho fourth grade teacher Trent Herbst, the unexpected winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's halfway prize, has proven that bold moves can pay off big.  Jill Burke
Life's rules are different on the Iditarod trail. Defending champion Lance Mackey said this month that the race is an escape from everyday bothers -- bills, squabbles, phone calls. For many mid-pack mushers like Ed Stielstra, whose best finish in five Iditarods is 29th, the race is both professional duty and 12-day getaway.Kyle Hopkins
Behind a team of dogs he calls "elderly," Sebastian Schnuelle of Whitehorse pulled out of the abandoned town of Iditarod just before sunset Thursday to face an uncertain trail and an uncertain future. Mike Campbell