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Volunteer dog handler Aleria Knudson helps hold back a team at the ceremonial start of the 43rd Iditarod dog sled race in downtown Anchorage. 79 mushers made their way 11 miles through the slushy streets of Anchorage in unseasonably warm weather and early rain. This year’s official re-start will begin in Fairbanks because of poor trail conditions in Southcentral Alaska.