AP PHOTOS: Iditarod, 'The Last Great Race'

March 5, 2013 - 11:29 AM
Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Brownie, foreground, a sled dog in Mike Surenant's team, rests at the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)

The world's most famous sled dog race, the Iditarod, is under way. The race, which began Sunday, consists of a grueling 1,000-mile trek through unpredictable wilderness to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska's western coast. Whoever reaches Nome first wins a new truck and a cash prize of $50,400. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line. The iconic race, however, seems to be about more than a monetary prize for most involved: a competition of human versus wild.

Here's a collection of the latest photos from the "Last Great Race."

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