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In pictures: Alaska's premier dogsled race
Each year, mushers and their dog teams race from Anchorage to Nome, often facing blizzards and gale-force winds.
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2013 08:16

Every March, mushers and their team of 16 dogs descend upon Alaska to traverse the chilly state in order to win dog sledding's premier race known as Iditarod.

The race, which has grown from an obscure contest many considered a one-time lark into a world-famous, big-money sports extravaganza, began in Anchorage on Saturday this year and will finish in the Bering Sea town of Nome.

Winners, who must race through blizzards causing whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds, have reached Nome in about nine days in recent years.


Rachel D\'Oro/AP
Dogs wait to run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska. 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away.


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A typical dog on the Iditaroad is an Alaskan husky, Siberian husky, a hound or a mixture in between


Benedict Moran/Al Jazeera
Grayling is 830km into the 1606km race and is an Athabascan village of about 100 people on the banks of the Yukon River


Benedict Moran/Al Jazeera
Racers are called "mushers" after the French word for "to go". Checkpoints are often used by mushers as a place to catch up on rest


NATHANIEL WILDER/REUTERS
The lead dogs of Sonny Lindner charge down the trail. The Iditarod race commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum to Nome by sled-dog relay.


Bill Roth/AP
Musher Matt Failor puts booties on dog Angel prior to leaving the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath. The winner of the race will receive $50,400 and a new truck. Other top finishers will also be awarded cash prizes, which total $600,000.


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A selection of food typically carried by mushers during the race


Bill Roth/AP
Musher Anna Berington, left, pulls her dog team up to the start line as Jessie Royer, right. As of yesterday, a handful of mushers had reached Iditarod, the ghost town for which the wilderness trail is named, that marks the race's halfway point.


Bill Roth/AP
Brownie, foreground, a sled dog in Mike Surenant's team, rests at the Finger Lake checkpoint..


Benedict Moran/Al Jazeera
What mushers can't bring with them, they drop off at checkpoints along the way. This includes everything from cooking fuel, extra food, meat for the dogs and parts for broken sleds. The typical fuel is anti-freeze, which burns slow and hot - mushers soak straw or a roll of toilet paper in it and use it to heat food


Cath Turner/Al Jazeera
Dogs waiting to be raced. The prize money for the sport's premier race doesn't cover the annual dog food bill for many competitive mushers, who keep dozens of dogs in professional kennels geared to breed the sturdiest, fastest runners.


NATHANIEL WILDER/REUTERS
Jessica Hendricks' team races down the trail.


Benedict Moran/Al Jazeera
Soon, mushers will escape the interior of Alaska and arrive at Unalakleet on the Bering Sea coast



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Dogs wait to run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska. 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska\(***)s western coast 1,000 miles away.;*;A typical dog on the Iditaroad is an Alaskan husky, Siberian husky, a hound or a mixture in between;*;Grayling is 830km into the 1606km race and is an Athabascan village of about 100 people on the banks of the Yukon River;*;Racers are called "mushers" after the French word for "to go". Checkpoints are often used by mushers as a place to catch up on rest;*;The lead dogs of Sonny Lindner charge down the trail. The Iditarod race commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum to Nome by sled-dog relay.;*;Musher Matt Failor puts booties on dog Angel prior to leaving the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath. The winner of the race will receive $50,400 and a new truck. Other top finishers will also be awarded cash prizes, which total $600,000. ;*;A selection of food typically carried by mushers during the race;*;Musher Anna Berington, left, pulls her dog team up to the start line as Jessie Royer, right. As of yesterday, a handful of mushers had reached Iditarod, the ghost town for which the wilderness trail is named, that marks the race\(***)s halfway point. ;*;Brownie, foreground, a sled dog in Mike Surenant\(***)s team, rests at the Finger Lake checkpoint..;*;What mushers can\(***)t bring with them, they drop off at checkpoints along the way. This includes everything from cooking fuel, extra food, meat for the dogs and parts for broken sleds. The typical fuel is anti-freeze, which burns slow and hot - mushers soak straw or a roll of toilet paper in it and use it to heat food;*;Dogs waiting to be raced. The prize money for the sport\(***)s premier race doesn\(***)t cover the annual dog food bill for many competitive mushers, who keep dozens of dogs in professional kennels geared to breed the sturdiest, fastest runners.;*;Jessica Hendricks\(***) team races down the trail.;*;Soon, mushers will escape the interior of Alaska and arrive at Unalakleet on the Bering Sea coast Daylife ID:
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Dogs wait to run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska. 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away.

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=09qP4Ch6XH3vxRachel D'OroAPAP Photo

Dogs wait to run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska. 65 teams will be making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away.

Iditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=07lZ6iNcOU2jUA typical dog on the Iditaroad is an Alaskan husky, Siberian husky, a hound or a mixture in betweenSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=07lZ6iNcOU2jUBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA typical dog on the Iditaroad is an Alaskan husky, Siberian husky, a hound or a mixture in betweenIditarodIditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0bTW0yv1kD6cQGrayling is 830km into the 1606km race and is an Athabascan village of about 100 people on the banks of the Yukon RiverSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0bTW0yv1kD6cQBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesGrayling is 830km into the 1606km race and is an Athabascan village of about 100 people on the banks of the Yukon RiverIditarodIditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0gtycNGbMYg0bRacers are called "mushers" after the French word for "to go". Checkpoints are often used by mushers as a place to catch up on restSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0gtycNGbMYg0bBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesRacers are called "mushers" after the French word for "to go". Checkpoints are often used by mushers as a place to catch up on restIditarod http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=020F3BwgLU8r2

The lead dogs of Sonny Lindner charge down the trail. The Iditarod race commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum to Nome by sled-dog relay.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=020F3BwgLU8r2NATHANIEL WILDERREUTERSReuters Pictures

The lead dogs of Sonny Lindner charge down the trail. The Iditarod race commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum to Nome by sled-dog relay.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0754af88rT2Jl

Musher Matt Failor puts booties on dog Angel prior to leaving the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath. The winner of the race will receive $50,400 and a new truck. Other top finishers will also be awarded cash prizes, which total $600,000.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:05:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0754af88rT2JlBill RothAPAP Photo

Musher Matt Failor puts booties on dog Angel prior to leaving the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath. The winner of the race will receive $50,400 and a new truck. Other top finishers will also be awarded cash prizes, which total $600,000.

Iditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=03A08Y44Ry5aJA selection of food typically carried by mushers during the raceSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=03A08Y44Ry5aJBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA selection of food typically carried by mushers during the raceIditarod http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0eFg8FDg7a0KU

Musher Anna Berington, left, pulls her dog team up to the start line as Jessie Royer, right. As of yesterday, a handful of mushers had reached Iditarod, the ghost town for which the wilderness trail is named, that marks the race's halfway point.

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:33:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0eFg8FDg7a0KUBill RothAPAP Photo

Musher Anna Berington, left, pulls her dog team up to the start line as Jessie Royer, right. As of yesterday, a handful of mushers had reached Iditarod, the ghost town for which the wilderness trail is named, that marks the race's halfway point.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=00qH9ku6bM866

Brownie, foreground, a sled dog in Mike Surenant's team, rests at the Finger Lake checkpoint..

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 09:23:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=00qH9ku6bM866Bill RothAPAP Photo

Brownie, foreground, a sled dog in Mike Surenant's team, rests at the Finger Lake checkpoint..

Iditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=02OPg7fbKnfSJWhat mushers can't bring with them, they drop off at checkpoints along the way. This includes everything from cooking fuel, extra food, meat for the dogs and parts for broken sleds. The typical fuel is anti-freeze, which burns slow and hot - mushers soak straw or a roll of toilet paper in it and use it to heat foodSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=02OPg7fbKnfSJBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesWhat mushers can't bring with them, they drop off at checkpoints along the way. This includes everything from cooking fuel, extra food, meat for the dogs and parts for broken sleds. The typical fuel is anti-freeze, which burns slow and hot - mushers soak straw or a roll of toilet paper in it and use it to heat foodIditarod http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0dyRgTwgkCd9S

Dogs waiting to be raced. The prize money for the sport's premier race doesn't cover the annual dog food bill for many competitive mushers, who keep dozens of dogs in professional kennels geared to breed the sturdiest, fastest runners.

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:28:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0dyRgTwgkCd9SCath TurnerAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Dogs waiting to be raced. The prize money for the sport's premier race doesn't cover the annual dog food bill for many competitive mushers, who keep dozens of dogs in professional kennels geared to breed the sturdiest, fastest runners.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=03j33YT4CffDI

Jessica Hendricks' team races down the trail.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=03j33YT4CffDINATHANIEL WILDERREUTERSReuters Pictures

Jessica Hendricks' team races down the trail.

Iditarodhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0aC88OPdLS90nSoon, mushers will escape the interior of Alaska and arrive at Unalakleet on the Bering Sea coastSun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Iditarod?image_id=0aC88OPdLS90nBenedict MoranAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesSoon, mushers will escape the interior of Alaska and arrive at Unalakleet on the Bering Sea coastIditarod


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