Nicolas Petit rolled across the finish line in Kotzebue at 1:47 a.m. with a comfortable lead of one hour, 51 minutes over Noah Burmeister. Jason Mackey was third, another 22 minutes back.

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One of Alaska’s premier mid-distance sled dog races is getting a new manager, and it’s a homegrown woman who mushed as a kid.Lisa Demer
Before 20-year-old Vebjorn Reitan leaves Alaska, his father Ketil wants to give him one last adventure. The two just finished traveling the Iditarod Trail and are heading out across the Arctic to Kaktovik, following in Ketil’s own footsteps from almost 30 years ago.Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder

After the most difficult year of her life, Alaska musher DeeDee Jonrowe needed this race. It was her therapy. Jonrowe lost her mother in July 2015 after the Sockeye fire, which burned her home to the ground.

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There might not be anything more Alaskan than mushing a team of dogs through the Alaskan wilderness. Iditarod musher Katherine Keith shares a few thoughts on taking a break from the competition just to bask in Alaska's glory. 

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Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser arrived on Front Street just after 2:30 Thursday morning. But his thoughts were mainly in Seattle, where his son Nikolai has been recovering from injuries suffered in a serious January car crash. 

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Iditarod musher Katherine Keith shares a few thoughts on taking a break from the competition just to bask in the glory of Alaska's wilderness. Watch this video to see dog teams running the final few miles into Nome under Wednesday's cloudless skies. 

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After finishing an emotionally difficult Iditarod in third place Tuesday morning, Aliy Zirkle had to wait more than a day to be reunited with her husband Allen Moore, who finished the race in 32nd place. "It's always good to see family," said Moore. Zirkle was hit by a snowmachiner near the Yukon River checkpoint of Nulato. She was not injured and continued racing. But the incident left the fan-favorite musher -- known for her friendly, outgoing personality -- fighting to maintain her composure as she continued down the trail.

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After an emotionally trying race, it’s the end of the trail for Iditarod racer Aliy Zirkle. Her finish comes days after she was hit by a snowmachiner on the Yukon River. 

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Two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey, father of the 2016 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey, finished the 2016 race in second place. 

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