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ELLSWORTH The Grand takes a look at the exciting sport of sled dog racing during its 'Experience the Iditarod' screening event on April 21th at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for Grand members and $5 for youth (12 and under).

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:27

40th Iditarod Sled Race begins in Alaska

WILLOW, Alaska - To a rousing send-off from fans, dozens of dog sled teams took to the trail for the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, embarking on a near thousand-mile journey through the Alaskan wilderness.

The 66 mushers and their dog teams will spend roughly eight days trying to be the first to reach the old gold rush town of Nome. Nicolas Petit, a 32-year-old native of Normandy now living in Girdwood, Alaska, was the race's early leader. He was the first musher to pull into the Finger Lake checkpoint, about 100 miles northwest of Willow, about 5 a.m. Monday.

'They look like this is what they live for,' said Leigh Hopper, 53, a registered nurse from Hendersonville, Tenn., as she watched mushers get their dogs ready for Sunday's start. 'They can't wait to get out there and run.'

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