Ben McGrath on this year’s race: http://nyr.kr/1qtqcjG
“A lot can happen in nine days. This year, a thirty-five-mile stretch of the trail on the north side of the Alaska Range turned out to have virtually no snow at all—a result of a warm winter beyond the reach of the polar vortex. The sleds bumped and dragged along frozen dirt berms, punishing the competitors to the tune of concussions, sprained ankles, busted knees, bruised hips, and dislocated fingers.”
Above: Dallas Seavey holds one of his dogs, after winning the 2014 Iditarod; Nome, Alaska, March 11, 2014. Photograph: Bob Hallinen/The Anchorage Daily News/AP.