A dog on Iditarod musher Lance Mackey's team died Friday between the Elim and White Mountain checkpoints, race officials said. Last week, a dog on Mackey's team died between Tanana and Ruby.  Tegan Hanlon
The Willow musher's massive influence on sled-dog racing is undeniable. When the first Iditarod was run in 1973, there wasn’t a single woman in the race. When Jonrowe first ran it in 1980, there were six. This year’s field featured 25 female entrants, the most ever.Matt Tunseth

After completing her 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, DeeDee Jonrowe considers her future and the impact she's had on the sport of dog mushing.

Marc Lester
Ellen Halverson, who dropped out of the Iditarod in Galena, joined residents trying to catch another musher's dropped dog that escaped while waiting for its flight back to Anchorage. She caught the dog but was badly bitten in the process.Tegan Hanlon

Mushers Paige Drobny and Scott Smith ran their teams together for several days leading to their finish of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Once they reached Front Street in Nome, the friendly competition was on. 

Marc Lester
Musher Paige Drobny was just yards ahead of Scott Smith as her team turned onto Nome's Front Street, but instead of heading down the road, the dogs bolted toward the first cozy-looking spot they saw -- the front yard of a house on the other side of the street. Smith’s team whizzed past.Matt Tunseth

There was plenty of action in Nome on Thursday as teams continued to roll in during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Marc Lester
The best race of Iditarod 2015 didn’t take place in front of huge crowds or a live television audience. Instead, the battle for 12th place played out over 11 hours of dramatic racing, featuring the most terrifying windstorm many mushers had ever witnessed. Matt Tunseth
This Iditarod will be analyzed in depth by every competitive Iditarod racer. “What could I have done differently? Should I have taken Spot instead of Rover?” But remember, it’s an accomplishment just to get to the finish line.John Schandelmeier
Thomas Waerner of Norway was the first rookie in, placing 17th and finishing 78 minutes before Canadian rookie Jeason Campeau. Meanwhile, Australian Christian Turner ran Dallas Seavey's puppy team to a rock-solid 15th place finish, improving his position from his rookie run in 2014 by 23 places.Matt Tunseth