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Four-time champion Lance Mackey prepares to take part in the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The competitive portion of the 1,000-mile race is scheduled to begin Sunday in Willow, 50 miles to the north. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)