Nome is busy this week as they prepare to celebrate the arrival of mushers, and it just happened to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. So why not throw a parade?

Matt Tunseth
As the Iditarod's front-runners approach Nome, the finishing field is shaping up. Here's what might happen, and who you can expect to finish strong.John Schandelmeier
Katherine Keith of Kotzebue and Jan Steves of Washington state are the latest mushers to pull out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Alaska Dispatch News
Jeff Oatley and Jay Petervary were the first finishers of the 1,000-mile event in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, pedaling from Knik to Nome in 15 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes.Matt Tunseth

Jeff King maintains that a "rabid seal" that charged him on the Iditarod Trail outside the checkpoint of Koyuk wasn't a hallucination. Hear his harrowing tale for yourself.

Suzanna Caldwell
Expect Dallas Seavey to head for the Iditarod finish line in Nome a little after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Will his father Mitch Seavey chase him over the final stretch of mushing?Alaska Dispatch News

Mushers need their hands, often bare, to do things like fix their sleds, change runner plastics, unhook brass clips, massage dogs' tired muscles or work ointment deep into the crevices of their dogs’ feet. Those tasks require nimble fingers, often fingers that have to be exposed to extreme cold temperatures.

Loren Holmes,Suzanna Caldwell
Mushers need their hands, often bare, to do things like fix their sleds, change runner plastics, unhook brass clips, massage dogs' tired muscles or work ointment deep into the crevices of their dogs’ feet. Those tasks require nimble fingers, often fingers that have to be exposed to extreme cold temperatures.Suzanna Caldwell
As the Iditarod leaders head toward the finish line, race workers and volunteers make sure Nome is ready to greet them.Matt Tunseth

Musher Aaron Burmeister talks about his 15-hour run breaking trail through a snowstorm on the Norton Sound coast after he arrived in the Iditarod checkpoint in Koyuk on Monday.

Suzanna Caldwell