• Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mike Santos gives a fan a high-five. The ceremonial start of the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled dog race began on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Two musher cross the Farewell Burn during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Toby, a leader for Nicolas Petit, rests in straw at Nikolai during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Wade Marrs takes a nap in the Nikolai School in Nikolai, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Colleen Robertia looks at Quigley as she prepares to leave the checkpoint in Nikolai, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Pat Moon and his team travel the Kuskokwim River toward McGrath, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Sammy John, Sr., watches the activity at the checkpoint in Nikolai, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Bill Pinkham collects hot water during his stop in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Karin Hendrickson shows affection for her leader Hatchet in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 8, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

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    Peter Kaiser drives his team into the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    John Baker arrives at the Ruby checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday, March 9, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mitch Seavey leaves the Ruby checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday, March 9, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    The aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday, March 9, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    John Baker looks over his shoulder at Mitch Seavey as they both approach the Kaltag checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    The six front runners of the race all stopped for rest at the Kaltag checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Aliy Zirkle feeds her dog team in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey pulls in to the checkpoint in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey puts on his parka as he leaves Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Anchorage Daily News
    Aliy Zirkle crosses nearly-bare ice on the way to the finish line in Nome, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey reaches the finish line to claim victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

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