Dallas Seavey came from behind to surprise everyone and win the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race -- his second time winning the race -- on Tuesday.
You lucky dogs
Dallas Seavey and two of his winning pooches sit under the burled arch in Nome, Alaska after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.
Gimme a kiss
Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on Tuesday. Seavey, who was the race's youngest winner in 2012, now has won it twice.
Aw, it'll be OK
Aliy Zirkle holds her lead dog after finishing in second place -- once again -- behind race winner Dallas Seavey in the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.
With the winner expected to cross the finish line on Tuesday, March 11, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race organizers raise the finish banner in Nome on Monday. The final-day leaders are Jeff King, looking to become the second five-time winner in Iditarod history, and Aliy Zirkle, who would be the first female to win the race in 24 years.
Coming at you!
Aliy Zirkle, one of the leaders heading into the Iditarod’s final leg, drives her dog team across the portage from Kaltag to Unalakleet on Saturday, March 8. Zirkle was actually the first musher to reach the Bering Sea in Unalakleet in this year’s race.
By any means necessary
Iditarod musher Martin Buser, from Big Lake, Alaska, comes in off the ice through a cut in a pile of ice pushed up near the shore in Koyuk, Alaska on Sunday.
Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips, from Tagish, YT, Canada, races the sun and the mushers, arriving at the Unalakleet checkpoint on Sunday’s sunrise.
It's more than just snow
Iditarod musher John Baker, from Kotzebue, Alaska, mushes over bare tundra on the Blueberry Hills out of the Unalakleet checkpoint in Unalakleet on March 9.
An Iditarod musher crosses a frozen pond between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 9.
Hey, a pooch needs its beauty rest
The Iditarod may be a brutal test of endurance, but no snow, wind or overbearing musher is keeping this Sonny Lindner team dog from taking a quick rest on the snow at the Koyuk checkpoint on March 9.
No easy road
Iditarod musher Martin Buser, from Big Lake, Alaska, comes in off the ice and into the Koyuk checkpoint on Sunday, March 9, as the race heads to the final few days.
The dog days are here
With the festivities of the start of the race long past, the 2014 Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race has taken on its more familiar shape — that of a brutal endurance test through the rugged terrain of Alaska. With mushers all eyeing Nome and the finish line, any advantage a competitor can get, they will take it. Here, Kristy Berington sends her team of dogs down the Farewell Burn on March 4, with not much ahead but trees and snow.
What you lookin' at?
One of John Dixon's team dogs looks back at the musher after they arrived at the Nikolai checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 5, 2014.
Musher Mike Ellis went through the Takotna checkpoint without stopping to rest during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Michelle Phillips feeds her team at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 5, 2014.
Michelle Phillips feeds her dog team at the Takotna checkpoint.
Down the trail
Rick Casillo comes over the last drop as he comes down the steps onto the Happy River between the Finger Lake and Rainy Pass checkpoints heading to Puntilla Lake, Alaska.
Alex Buetow is all smiles coming into the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News,Bob Hallinen)
All pain, no gain
While the dogs do the majority of the work, it’s hard to find any creature, at least through the first five days of racing, who took it on the chin (and ankle) more than Scott Janssen. Here, he poses on March 5 to show off his broken ankle suffered after a harrowing ordeal on Tin Creek, about 40 miles from Nikolai, that included crashing his sled, hitting his head on a stump and later falling through ice and breaking his ankle. Ironically, Janssen is known as the ‘Mushing Mortician.’
They'll be coming 'round the mountain
Rick Casillo comes over the last drop as he comes down the steps onto the Happy River between the Finger Lake and Rainy Pass checkpoints heading to Puntilla Lake on March 3.
Lonely road, indeed
A musher and the team rest next to the trail in the middle of the Farewell Burn on March 4.
Musher Mike Williams Jr. sits on his dog sled as he changes batteries in his headlamp at the Nikolai, Alaska, checkpoint during at sunrise March 5.
Jake Berkowitz and his team wait for help next to the trail in the middle of the Farewell Burn on March 4. Berkowitz's sled is busted beyond repair and he was forced to exit the race.
But still smiling
Even though he and his team broke down, got stuck and had to scratch out the race, Jake Berkowitz had a smile on his face while waiting for help on March 4.
A musher and two dogs pull the sled across a small stream in the middle of the Farewell Burn during March 4 racing.
And . . . they're off!
Reigning Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey drives his team down the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, in Anchorage, Alaska. The race, which spans about 1,000 miles, officially got underway on Sunday.
OK . . . now they're off!
Dallas Seavey, son of defending champion Mitch, leaves the start line before the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Willow Lake, Sunday. The race will run along the state’s Western coastline, from Willow Lake to Nome.
Soaking it in
A sled dog takes advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures to get some sun from the hole in a kennel on a musher before the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins Sunday.
Speed and style
Jake Berkowitz's dogs near the start of the race with some warm — and rather bright — paws.
In front of a every great musher . . .
. . . is an even greater team of dogs.
Cim Smyth calls Big Lake, Alaska, home. So odds are he is very familiar with the terrain he is about to encounter as he and his dog team head out.
Caution: Snow ahead
Musher Christian Turner, sporting the flag of his native Australia, waves to fans along the Cordova Street hill during Sunday's ceremonial start in Anchorage.
Future's so bright . . .
It may be Alaska, but it is sunny enough for two-time champion Robert Sorlie of Norway to sport shades as he greets each of his 16 sled dogs as the start of the race Sunday.