When the 58-year old steps on his sled runners Saturday at the Copper Basin 300, he will be gunning for his fourth consecutive title in the race and his seventh in the last 11 races. Mike Campbell
Organizers of the Copper Basin 300 have moved the start of the race to 20 miles north of Glennallen, the second consecutive major sled dog race to shift its start due to unseasonably warm and dry weather.  Mike Campbell
The Yukon Quest field is always considerably smaller than the Iditarod’s and this year is no exception: 25 vs. 86 entered in the race to Nome. Only one of the rookies in the 1,000-mile race is under 35.John Schandelmeier
Ryne Olson is back in the Copper Basin 300, which kicks off Alaska’s distance sled dog racing season, with an even-stronger team than the motley crew that surprised her last season by finishing third.Mike Campbell

A pack of huskies gets a treat after a long training run in this video from musher Sebastian Schnuelle.

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Dallas Seavey will be seeking his fourth victory in the last five races — a string interrupted only by his father’s 2013 title — and membership in the exclusive club of four-time champions.Mike Campbell
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