As the sun comes up over the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River at the Nikolai, Alaska checkpoint, musher Wattie McDonald of Scotland, dog sleeps during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March ... more 
As the sun comes up over the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River at the Nikolai, Alaska checkpoint, musher Wattie McDonald of Scotland, dog sleeps during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 9, 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 9:02 PM EST