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Bryan Bearss of Anchorage, with IditaRider Halley Knigge (seated) from Tacoma, Washington,charges down 4th Avenue at the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. (Reuters)

Kelly Maixner's team charges out of the chute at the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. The timed portion of the race, which typically lasts nine days or longer, begins on Monday in Fairbanks, about 300 miles (482 km) away. Traditionally held in Willow, the timed start was moved to Fairbanks this year to accommodate an alternate trail selected after race officials deemed sections of the traditional path unsafe. (Reuters)

A sled dog has its collar removed in preparation for the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. (Reuters)

The sled dogs of  rookie musher Alan Eischens, from Wasilla, Alaska, storm down 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, at the start of the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP)

A dog from Katherine Keith's team awaits for the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. (Reuters)

Dogs from Michelle Phillips's team play as they wait for the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. (Reuters)

Bryan Bearss of Anchorage, with IditaRider Halley Knigge (seated) from  Tacoma, Washington,charges down 4th Avenue at the  2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015. (Reuters)


Scott Janssen of Anchorage greets each of his dogs before the 2015 ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in downtown Anchorage, Alaska March 7, 2015.(Reuters)

Musher Monica Zappa of Kasilof, Alaska, leads her team past spectators Saturday, March 7, 2015, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. The official start is Monday in Fairbanks, where the race was moved because of a lack of snow to the south. (AP)

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