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Matt Giblin, from Juneau, Alaska, comes over the top of the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Archorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)

40th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in Alaska

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WILLOW, Alaska (AP) -- 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 about the next eight days trying to be the first to reach the old gold rush town of Nome.

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