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Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11:35 a.m.

54 teams complete Iditarod Trail dog sled race

  • Paul Gebhardt tilts his dog sled onto one runner as he makes a road crossing at Fort Davis near Nome, Alaska, during the finish of the Iditarod Trail ...

    Associated Press

    Paul Gebhardt tilts his dog sled onto one runner as he makes a road crossing at Fort Davis near Nome, Alaska, during the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 13.

When the small town of Nome, Alaska was ravaged by an outbreak of diphtheria in the winter of 1925, teams of sled dogs delivered the nearest supply of a life-saving serum from Anchorage, nearly 1,000 miles away.
Since 1973, the life-saving voyage is commemorated each year with the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race - a competitive trek from Anchorage to Nome.
This year, 66 teams competed and 54 completed the 1,000-mile trek through Alaska's frozen frontier. Check out pictures from this year's event here.
Story tags » Winter Sports

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