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And They’re Off! Sled Dog Teams Dash into Alaska’s Iditarod

Top sled-dog teams from across the globe have gathered in Alaska to compete in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Kristy Berington's dogs cool off with their tongues out during the official restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska on March 2, 2014. The above freezing, warmer than average temperatures at the restart and lack of snow in interior Alaska promise to make this year's Iditarod an interesting race.

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Musher Jason Mackey embraces one of his sled dogs before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod in downtown Anchorage, Alaska on March 1. The nearly 1,000-mile race commemorates the 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum by sled-dog relay to the coastal community of Nome, which remains the final destination in this 42nd edition of the event.

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Saki is ready to go as Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips of Tagish, Yukon, takes her dogs out for a run on Feb. 28 at Tozier Track in Anchorage. "We're just doing a little stretching-out run," she said. "They've been in the truck a long time." Several mushers visited the track Friday in preparation for Saturday's ceremonial start of the Iditarod.

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Justin Savidis' dogs await lineup in the musher lot before the official restart of the Iditarod dog sled race on March 2.

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A team charges down Fourth Avenue during the ceremonial start to the Iditarod dog sled race in downtown Anchorage on March 1.

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