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Our favorite photos from the 2016 Iditarod

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 21, 2016

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.

Scott Janssen was the first musher to leave the starting line during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016.
A musher makes their way along Chester Creek during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom waves to the crowd during the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016.
Ralph Johannessen drops down onto the frozen surface of Puntilla Lake in the Alaska Range. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came and went from the Rainy Pass checkpoint for much of Monday, March 7, 2016.
Preparing for a possible rough ride ahead in the Dalzell Gorge, musher Sigrid Ekran dons a helmet and protective vest before leaving the Rainy Pass checkpoint. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came and went from the Rainy Pass checkpoint for much of Monday, March 7, 2016.
Skinny, a dog on musher James Volek's team, gets a ride in the sled as the team travels near Farewell Lake en route to Nikolai on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher crosses bare trail in the area of Farewell Lake on the west side of the Alaska Range on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Musher Cody Strathe approaches the checker in Ruby. Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers reached the Yukon River at the village of Ruby on Friday, March 11, 2016.
Two Iditarod teams head toward Kaltag on a slough of the Yukon River. The front pack of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race drove off the river at Kaltag and crossed land toward Unalakleet on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Aliy Zirkle arrives in Unalakleet. Brent Sass, Dallas Seavey and Aliy Zirkle were the first mushers to reach Unalakleet in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Iditarod musher Noah Burmeister arrives in Unalakleet at sunrise on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Children in Shaktoolik visit Wade Marrs' dogs. Iditarod mushers battled a windstorm coming in and out of the Shaktoolik on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Dallas Seavey, left, talks with his father, Mitch Seavey, shortly after they both arrived in White Mountain. Dallas Seavey led all other mushers into White Mountain during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 14, 2016.
Dallas Seavey arrived in Nome and claimed his fourth Iditarod championship in five years on March 15, 2016.
Iditarod musher Brent Sass arrived in Nome in 20th place in the 2016 Iditarod on March 15, 2016, in Nome
Iditarod musher Brent Sass arrived in Nome in 20th place in the 2016 Iditarod on March 15, 2016, in Nome
Ketil Reitan approaches Nome. Mushers continued to trickle in to Nome, the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Iditarod musher Travis Beals crosses ice near the beach after coming down off the Topkok Hills east of Nome on March 15, 2016, in Nome

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