13 stunning photos of people racing through Alaska in the Iditarod

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A team heads out at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to begin their near 1,000-mile (1,600-km) journey through Alaska’s frigid wilderness in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder A team heads out at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to begin their near 1,000-mile journey through Alaska’s frigid wilderness.Thomson Reuters

The INSIDER Summary:

• In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dog sled teams race about 1,000 miles across Alaska. 
• Racers brave blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, and harsh winds.
• The event harkens back to Alaska’s history of transportation via dog sled.


The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race separates the puppies from the pros.

Mushers come from all over the world to compete in the historic race, traversing 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness with their devoted teams of dogs.

The trail is treacherous, the weather unpredictable. Mushers brave sub-zero temperatures while directing their 16 dogs, who each require between 10,000 and 12,000 calories per day to maintain their strength.

They don’t call it “The Last Great Race” for nothing.

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