Our favorite photos from the 2016 Iditarod

The 44th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began with the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on March 5 and ended in Nome with a victory by Dallas Seavey early in the morning of March 15.

Eight-five teams started the race and 71 finished.

Here are some of our favorite images by Alaska Dispatch News photographers from the nearly 1,000-mile race.

Full coverage with stories, videos, more photos and standings at adn.com/iditarod.