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Symphony of sled dogs on Iditarod Trail (+VIDEO)

Iditarod 2013: Howling sled dogs in Alaska village of Takotna

Loren Holmes

At the remote Alaska village of Takotna, dogs howled in the night Wednesday during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The musher closest to the camera is Joar Leifseth Ulsom, and behind are Ray Redington Jr. and Cim Smyth.

Meantime, mushers had smiles as big as the famous Takotna pies as they headed down the trail Wednesday night, most fresh off of their long 24-hour rests, ready to tackle the long, solitary trails between the tiny Athabascan community of 50, and the ghost towns of Iditarod and Ophir before reaching Anvik, the first checkpoint on the Yukon River.

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