• Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mask, one of Ray Redington Jr.’s dogs, leaps towerd the staring line. Dogs and mushers representing 85 teams ran through Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2016 on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Ralph Johannessen drops down onto the frozen surface of Puntilla Lake in the Alaska Range. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came and went from the Rainy Pass checkpoint for much of Monday, March 7, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Ralph Johannessen takes a nap at the Rainy Pass checkpoint. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came and went from the Rainy Pass checkpoint for much of Monday, March 7, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Snow falls on one of Peter Kaiser’s sleeping dogs in Takotna. Takotna was busy with Iditarod mushers on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The checkpoint on the Takotna River is a popular spot for racers to take their 24-hour rest during the race.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher crosses bare trail in the area of Farewell Lake on the west side of the Alaska Range on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Kristin Knight Pace raises her arms as she approaches the Rohn checkpoint. Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race reached the Rohn checkpoint and points beyond on the west side of the Alaska Range on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mitch Seavey scoops hot water. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race arrived in Takotna on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    DeeDee Jonrowe stops into the community hall in Takotna to eat during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Two Iditarod teams head toward Kaltag on a slough of the Yukon River. The front pack of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race drove off the river at Kaltag and crossed land toward Unalakleet on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Monica Zappa hugs her team dog, Moto, in Ophir. The remote checkpoint of Ophir hosted a few Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers on Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    John Baker mushed through the wind into Shaktoolik. Iditarod mushers battled a windstorm coming in and out of the Shaktoolik on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Martin Buser naps inside the checkpoint cabin at Ophir. The remote checkpoint of Ophir hosted a few Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers on Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Iditarod musher Noah Burmeister arrives in Unalakleet at sunrise on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey checks the standings as he eats in the Unalakleet checkpoint. Brent Sass, Dallas Seavey and Aliy Zirkle were the first mushers to reach Unalakleet in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Unalakleet residents gather to sing as the first Iditarod musher arrives in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Iditarod musher Travis Beals crosses ice near the beach after coming down off the Topkok Hills east of Nome on March 15, 2016, in Nome

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey, left, talks with his father, Mitch Seavey, shortly after they both arrived in White Mountain. Dallas Seavey led all other mushers into White Mountain during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 14, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dallas Seavey arrived in Nome and claimed his fourth Iditarod championship in five years on Marcy 15, 2016.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Iditarod musher Brent Sass arrived in Nome in 20th place in the 2016 Iditarod on March 15, 2016, in Nome

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