For the unusual Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race, 17 teams of two mushers and up to 20 dogs pulled up to a humble, makeshift starting line on Thursday before a tiny group of spectators in Cantwell.

Tegan Hanlon
The winning team will pocket $5,000, with $2,000 going to the runner-up and $1,000 to third place.Alaska Dispatch News

The 33rd annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race begins Saturday in Fairbanks. Twenty-three mushers will race to Whitehorse, Yukon. 

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Each of the 20 teams in this unique Alaska race links two mushers, typically two sleds and 12 to 20 dogs. While dogs may be dropped outbound at either of the two checkpoints, they must rejoin the team in-bound and finish.Mike Campbell
Fairbanks start being moved to near the Morris Thompson Center, and a section in Canada near the Fortymile River is being reroute inland and up a 2,500-foot climb. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The 20th edition of one of the toughest dog sled races in Europe has been cut short for the first time due to extremely warm weather.Adam Pemble and Peter Josek
For mushers in the 300-mile Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race, the big earthquake came and some were negotiating an icy trail on the frozen Yentna River, which started bucking and cracking.  Joseph Robertia
Both Redington and runner-up Rick Casillo are entered in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins March 5, and they were joined by several Iditarod veterans in this middle-distance race. Alaska Dispatch News

One of Alaska's more unusual sled dog races - Jeff King's Denali Doubles, with big dog teams, two mushers and beautiful country.

Marc Lester
The two companion races taking place the same weekend as the Kuskokwim 300, the Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash, will also see fatter purses.Alaska Dispatch News