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Iditarod News (2011)

Lance Mackey on Dogs and a “Perfect Race”

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman; photo by Ben Matheson Does Lance Mackey – or any of the other mushers in Iditarod 39, for that matter – need a “perfect race” to win this year’s Iditarod? The four-time Iditarod champion doesn’t think so. When he talked to our trail reporter Laureli in Anchorage,…

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Hometown Mushers Hit the Trail

text by David Dodman; photos by Ben Matheson; audio by Laureli Kinneen Note: Melissa Owens, one of the mushers mentioned in this story, has just scratched from Iditarod as of early Tuesday morning. More on that shortly. Western Alaska has a number of local mushers to follow in the 39th Iditarod. From the Kuskokwim Delta…

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Taking Care of the Dogs

audio by Laureli Kinneen; photo by Ben Matheson; text by David Dodman You’ll hear it often from the mushers: “the dogs are the real athletes of Iditarod.” It’s not just false modesty. Over more than 1,000 miles of challenging Alaskan terrain, the dogs are the ones that, literally, move the Last Great Race forward: over…

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