Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2017 photos

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Mushers from around the world gathered on Saturday, March 4, 2017, for the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska.

About 2,000 dogs belonging to 72 mushers took their turn hitting the trail for the race, which spans nearly 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness. The race officially began on March 6 with 71 mushers.

Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 14, becoming its oldest champion at 57 — and setting a new time record. His son, defending champion Dallas Seavey, placed second.

Fifty teams had finished the race as of March 17, while another 14 were still racing, according to the Iditarod.

See photos from the race.

Mitch Seavey, of Sterling, Alaska, runs towards the
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Mitch Seavey, of Sterling, Alaska, runs towards the finish line under the Burled Arch, winning the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Seavey won his third Iditarod, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family's position as mushing royalty.

Nicolas Vanier, of Paris, France, pulls off the
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Nicolas Vanier, of Paris, France, pulls off the sea ice with his race team and on to Front Street in Nome, Alaska, for the final stretch of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Nicolas finished in 36th place in the race.

In a photo provided by the Iditarod Trail
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In a photo provided by the Iditarod Trail Committee, veteran musher Ryan Redington, grandson of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race co-founder Joe Redington, and his team head out of the Huslia, Alaska, checkpoint at mile 478 of the Iditarod trail on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

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In a photo provided by the Iditarod Trail
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In a photo provided by the Iditarod Trail Committee, Iditarod musher Katherine Keith arrives at the Huslia checkpoint with 13 dogs in harness Friday morning, March 10, 2017, in Huslia, Alaska. Huslia is the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, at mile 478 of the 979-mile trail for this year's race.

Norwegian musher Ralph Johannessen rests in his sled
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Norwegian musher Ralph Johannessen rests in his sled at the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Aliy Zirkle departs the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint
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Aliy Zirkle departs the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Zirkle was the sixth into the checkpoint, but was first out after spending about 15 minutes resupplying and checking on her dogs.

DeeDee Jonrowe leaves the chute at the start
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DeeDee Jonrowe leaves the chute at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017. Jonrowe's pink dog booties, sled and parka — hat tips to her victory against breast cancer — have become an icon in the Iditarod community.

Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod winner and reigning champion
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Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod winner and reigning champion, waves at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Each of musher Hugh Neff's dogs sported a
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Each of musher Hugh Neff's dogs sported a Chicago Cubs bandana at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Race rookie Ryan Anderson of Minnesota drives his
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Race rookie Ryan Anderson of Minnesota drives his team onto the Chena River during the official start of the 45th Iditarod Sled Dog Race in front of Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017. It's the third time the starting location of the nearly 1,000-mile trek to Nome has been moved from Anchorage to Fairbanks due to low snow and poor trail conditions in the Alaska Range.

Race rookie Roger Lee of Birkenhead, England gestures
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Race rookie Roger Lee of Birkenhead, England, gestures to the fans during the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in front of Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017.

A member of Allen Moore's dog team can't
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A member of Allen Moore's dog team can't contain his excitement at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Karin Hendrickson, bib #20, at the start of
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Musher Karin Hendrickson at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, March 6, 2017. Hendrickson is a seven-time veteran of the Iditarod, taking only one year off in 2015 after she broke her back in three places.

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Four-time champion Jeff King mushes through the woods
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Four-time champion Jeff King mushes through the woods during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Dee Dee Jonrowe, of Willow, mushes during the
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Dee Dee Jonrowe, of Willow, mushes during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Iditarod veteran Mitch Seavey, of Seward, mushes through
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Iditarod veteran Mitch Seavey, of Seward, mushes through downtown during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Iditarod rookie Laura Neese of McMillan, Mich., greets
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Iditarod rookie Laura Neese of McMillan, Mich., greets the crowd as she mushes through downtown during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Four-time champion Marting Buser mushes through downtown during
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Four-time champion Marting Buser mushes through downtown during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Dee Dee Jonrowe, of Willow, mushes through downtown
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Dee Dee Jonrowe, of Willow, mushes through downtown Anchorage, Alaska, during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Four-time and defending champion Dallas Seavey mushes during
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Four-time and defending champion Dallas Seavey mushes during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Carol Stedman, of Alexandria, Va., discusses her upcoming
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Carol Stedman, of Alexandria, Va., discusses her upcoming "Iditaride" with musher Mats Peterson prior to the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Anna and Kristy Berington, of Wasilla, along with
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Anna and Kristy Berington, of Wasilla, along with team dog Kelley, pose for a photo prior to the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Nayla Timmer, 8, left, and Delayna Barnum, 12,
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Nayla Timmer, 8, left, and Delayna Barnum, 12, of Chugiak, find a lower angle helps their view of dogs and mushers during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

Iditarod veteran Ally Zirkle mushes through the woods
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Iditarod veteran Ally Zirkle mushes through the woods during the ceremonial start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

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