A pair of aging Minnesotans who've lived in Alaska so long they're almost part of the landscape led the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through the Alaska Range on Monday night.Craig Medred,Kevin Klott
A trickle of blood dripped down Jeff King's face Monday afternoon as the four-time champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race paused for a break.Kevin Klott
Ken Chezek, who impressed with a sixth place at the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship a week ago, captured the Eagle River Classic Sunday on the Beach Lake trails.
With daytime temperatures starting to rise toward the freezing mark, defending champ Lance Mackey and his 16 dogs led the teams into the Rainy Pass checkpoint shortly before noon. He was only about 20 minutes off the pace set by Mitch Seavey of Sterling last year, but well off the 10 a.m. arrival of Cim Smyth from Big Lake in 2007.Craig Medred
As unlikely as it may be to repeat what Fairbanks musher Lance Mackey has accomplished the past two years, Sebastian Schnuelle of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, was the first musher to Finger Lake before dawn on Monday.Mike Campbell
Where experienced Alaska mushers like Jeff King and five-time champ Rick Swenson from Two Rivers were all speed and efficiency in preparing their dogs for the 1,000-mile trail ahead, most of the Iditarod rookies are just the opposite.Craig Medred
With a crowd of spectators stretched across Willow Lake and a helicopter carrying a camera crew thundering overhead, the clock started ticking Sunday afternoon for the 67 mushers and more than a thousand eager dogs in the 37th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Craig Medred
Blink twice, it has been said, and the weather in Alaska will change. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were getting a vivid reminder of that this week.Craig Medred,Kevin Klott
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Harry Alexie is on a cold, hard, long mission.Kevin Klott
If you think the heart of winter is a safe time to travel along the snowy trails of East Anchorage -- what with grizzly bears asleep in their dens and moose minding their own business -- think again.Kevin Klott