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MAY 2018

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Page 88 of 99 May 2018 89 When Kristin Pace and one of her best "human" friends, Ryne Olson, made their run to the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2016, "it felt like everything was made of magic." She and Olson met when they were the only two women to finish the Yukon Quest the year before and signed up for the 2016 Iditarod together, ending up running much of the race together. At about 3 a.m., they mushed up onto the top of Cape Nome, a high ridge overlooking the Bering Sea and all the surrounding Alaska coastline. "That's where we stopped and had a 'ceremonial bib putting-on' in Ryne's words," Pace said. All mushers are required to cross the finish line wearing their race bib with the number clearly visible, she ► Snow Sports 20 Million Compete in Well-Known and Rarely Heard of Events BY TAMMY LEYTHAM t SPORT Report The 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes teams across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and miles of wind- swept coastline. Julien Schroder/

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