Pete Kaiser, 27, stands out as the first Bethel musher to win his hometown’s big event, the Kuskokwim 300, in 29 years. Now his fast team of mainly 3-year-olds returns to the Iditarod trail.Lisa Demer
Iditarod dogs are ultramarathoners, with the fastest among them running nearly 1,000 miles in a little more than a week, fueled by an amazing number of calories. Racing dogs may eat as many as 12,000 calories a day, the equivalent of about 22 Big Macs from McDonald’s. Jill Burke
Yukon musher Rob Cooke looks to accomplish a quirky feat: be the first Siberian husky team to complete the Yukon Quest and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the same year.Suzanna Caldwell
The Junior Iditarod is being moved north to Cantwell after low snow in Southcentral Alaska forced organizers to find trail elsewhere.Suzanna Caldwell
The Old Iditarod Gang is getting together to release its Kickstarter-funded book "Iditarod — First Ten Years," and Lance Mackey's documentary gets a second showing.Suzanna Caldwell
Recreational marijuana in Alaska will be legal Tuesday, but not for Iditarod racers, as the drug will remain on the list of the race's banned substances.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
The Chugiak Dog Mushers Association held their first races of the season Saturday on wet trails at the Beach Lake trail system in Chugiak. Alaska Dispatch News
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
The town of Galena is changing up its traditional checkpoint location in an effort to not derail the wedding plans of Keilah Redman and Jeremy Havener.Suzanna Caldwell