Nick Dennis and Verdrisia Dennis of Nikolai, Alaska and head Iditarod race judge Mark Nordman visit at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The next... more 
Nick Dennis and Verdrisia Dennis of Nikolai, Alaska and head Iditarod race judge Mark Nordman visit at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The next leg of the trail to Nome is a remote area with checkpoints at the ghost town of Ophir, 328 miles (528 kilometers) from the start, and the abandoned mining town of Iditarod, 405 miles (650 kilometers) from Willow. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 4:38 PM EST