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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Jim Lanier, of Chugiak, Alaska, leads his team during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod trail sled dog race, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Jeff King waves at race fans on 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod trail sled dog race.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Matt Giblin mushes through the University Lake area during the start of the Iditarod Race.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Martin Buser and his wife Kathy Chapoton ride the sled with Iditarider Eileen Stein, from Maryland, in the basket as they round the Cordova corner.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Aliy Zirkle drives her dogs during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Veterinarian Artem Rogalev of France checks out Claire, a member of Sigrid Ekran's team. Ekran, from Sparbu, Norway, is at right. Ekran and many other teams are racing in this year's Iditarod.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson hugs one of her team members as veterinarian Judie Levenson, of Sparks, Maryland, examines the dog at Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
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  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

    Veterinarian Scott Rosenbloom, of Philadelphia, Pa., takes a look at Karin Hendrickson's dog team at the vet check at Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska in this image made Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
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