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Iditarod race across Alaska

Melissa Stewart's team competes in the official restart of the Iditarod, a nearly 1,000-mile (1,610 km) sled dog race across the Alaskan wilderness, in Fairbanks, Alaska. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Melissa Stewart's team competes in the official restart of the Iditarod, a nearly 1,000-mile (1,610 km) sled dog race across the Alaskan wilderness, in Fairbanks, Alaska. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Melissa Stewart's team competes in the official restart of the Iditarod, a nearly 1,000-mile (1,610 km) sled dog race across the Alaskan wilderness, in Fairbanks, Alaska. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Trent Herbst competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Trent Herbst competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Trent Herbst competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Kristy Berington's dog team stops at the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail in the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Kristy Berington's dog team stops at the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail in the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Kristy Berington's dog team stops at the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail in the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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A handler for Monica Zappa at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for Monica Zappa at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for Monica Zappa at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Justin High, a rookie, competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Justin High, a rookie, competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Justin High, a rookie, competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Two-times champion Mitch Seavey hugs son, Dallas Seavey (four-times champion) before they both race. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Two-times champion Mitch Seavey hugs son, Dallas Seavey (four-times champion) before they both race. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Two-times champion Mitch Seavey hugs son, Dallas Seavey (four-times champion) before they both race. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Trent Herbst passes through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Trent Herbst passes through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Trent Herbst passes through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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A handler for Michelle Phillips prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for Michelle Phillips prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for Michelle Phillips prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Cindy Abbott competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Cindy Abbott competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Cindy Abbott competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Iditarod champion John Baker's dog team races in the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Iditarod champion John Baker's dog team races in the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Iditarod champion John Baker's dog team races in the ceremonial start. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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John Baker competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

John Baker competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

John Baker competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Dave Delcourt competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Dave Delcourt competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Dave Delcourt competes in the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Alaska Governor Bill Walker rides with John Baker's team in the ceremonial start to the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Alaska Governor Bill Walker rides with John Baker's team in the ceremonial start to the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Alaska Governor Bill Walker rides with John Baker's team in the ceremonial start to the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Ray Redington Jr's team about to move to the start gate at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Ray Redington Jr's team about to move to the start gate at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Ray Redington Jr's team about to move to the start gate at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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A handler for musher Cody Strathe prepares dogs for the trail at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for musher Cody Strathe prepares dogs for the trail at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

A handler for musher Cody Strathe prepares dogs for the trail at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Musher Dave Delcourt and rider pass through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Musher Dave Delcourt and rider pass through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Musher Dave Delcourt and rider pass through the raucous "trailgate" party along the ceremonial start trail. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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Kristy Berington prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Kristy Berington prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Kristy Berington prepares dogs at the official restart of the Iditarod. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder
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