Some are drawn to the Iditarod Trail to compete. Others, to escape.

Videographer Lacemine29 on why to compete in Iditarod Invitational: "Stated simply, I was teaching myself to be a more savvy backcountry traveler, to be able to go deeper and longer, more efficiently and with less risk. I intended to spend as many of my allotted heartbeats out away from the influence of cities and civilization, deep in the heart of something bigger."