Dallas Seavey won his fourth Iditarod race today, completing the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome Alaska in a record 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds. This year’s race was marred with tragedy when a snowmobile driver was charged with intentionally running his machine into two sled dog teams, killing one dog and injuring others. The race is a remaking of the freight route to Nome and pays tribute to the role sled dogs played in the settlement of Alaska.

By Lloyd Young

Rob Cooke’s team leaves the start chute at the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska on March 6.

(Nathaniel Wilder/Reuters)