Mushing has been a surprising venture for Eureka musher Brent Sass, who has wholeheartedly accepted the wilderness lifestyle many mushers have rejected in recent years. Sass claimed his first Yukon Quest championship in February. 

Suzanna Caldwell
The Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship sled dog sprint races are the latest victim of warm weather that has obliterated trail conditions around Southcentral Alaska and in Anchorage.Michelle Theriault Boots
Mackey’s previous Quest ended with an embarrassing scratch in Dawson City. The cancer survivor sat out last year’s race while dealing with lingering health problems, some of which have left him vulnerable to cold in his hands and feet. Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Not only is Ed Hopkins the top Canadian finisher in this year’s race, but he topped wife Michelle Phillips’ best Quest run, a fourth-place finish in 2008.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Two years after it was filmed, "The Great Alone" is finally getting an Alaska showing before making rounds on the film festival circuit. The Bear Tooth will screen it March 4. Suzanna Caldwell
Sass earned the victory with a burst in the final leg to outrun two-time defending champion Allen Moore. After dominating the race for more than 900 miles with endurance and power, Sass finished it off with a 73-mile run, crossing the Fairbanks finish line at 10:52 p.m. to cheers of “wild and free,” the name of his kennel.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Sass passed Allen Moore of Two Rivers about midway through the final 72-mile run to the finish line in Fairbanks and hung on to win.Mike Campbell
Sprint musher John Erhart of Tanana came from behind Saturday to win the 36th edition of the Koyukuk River Race.Alaska Dispatch News

Race leading mushers arrive in Unalakleet along the Norton Sound coast on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

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Iditarod leaders were spread out along the trail Thursday as they settled into a variety of checkpoints to take the one mandatory 24-hour rest required along the trail. Who was really in the lead appeared unclear.Suzanna Caldwell and Craig Medred