Ben Matheson, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Ben Matheson, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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Redington is first out of Safety, with just 22 miles to Iditarod finish line

Ryan Redington’s closest competitors are Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl
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Ryan Redington in command of Iditarod as ‘childhood dream’ comes alive on Bering Sea coast

Ryan Redington arrived in Unalakleet early Sunday after a monster run from Kaltag to the coast, putting more distance between him and his rivals.
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Two young mushers take aim at Iditarod Rookie of the Year honors

Eddie Burke Jr. and Hunter Keefe will need to face the windy Bering Sea coast before final placings get within reach.
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‘Best in the world’: Tight race shapes up for lead as top Iditarod teams head for the coast

With defending champ Brent Sass out, the top of the Iditarod field is scrambled, leaving four main teams at the top.
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Reigning Iditarod champ Brent Sass drops out of race over health concerns

Sass said he had been sick the entire race with a bad cold and also had three cracked teeth.
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‘I just knew I was taking him to Nome’: Jason Mackey mushes with Lance Mackey’s ashes

Jason Mackey says he knows that the Iditarod trail was home for his brother.
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Photos: Rest and recovery in Shageluk

The community of about 140 people is roughly halfway into the race.
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Iditarod mushers recover from rough trail and crashed sleds in Shageluk

Cold overnight temperatures froze the softened trail into a bobsled track.
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A tight pack of top Iditarod teams eye their next move at the halfway mark

Iditarod contenders are recalibrating their race strategies as the trail pushes through its most remote stretches.
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Senior, who’s so good he got a new name

Hunter Keefe’s dog Senior brings years of Iditarod experience to his musher’s rookie run.
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It’s eat, rest and repeat as Iditarod teams take their 24-hour stops

As the race transitions from big mountains and technical terrain into the heart of Alaska’s Interior, mushers are watching their teams come into race form.
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Mach 10, mastering the art of slowing down

Iditarod musher Matthew Failor is excited that his leader Mach 10 has picked up a new skill: the art of the trot.
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Moose, leading the charge to the next snack break

Meet Moose, the “heart dog” for KattiJo Deeter.
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Dusty, the smallest dog with the biggest energy

Meet Dusty, a leader on Iditarod rookie Jennifer LaBar’s team.
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Meet 5 Iditarod rookies from a Denali climber to a former garbage truck driver

More than one in four competitors in this year’s Iditarod are rookie mushers.