Your fantastic coverage of the Alaska sled dog races leaves only two questions unanswered:
1. What does Iditarod mean?
2. Isn't there a humane society or SPCA in Alaska? How can such unspeakable cruelty to animals be allowed to go on?
Those who take part in the race should be made to run the course in their bare feet and find out how the dogs feel.
As explained in the story, Iditarod is the name of an old gold-mining town, now a ghost town, on the race route from Anchorage to Nome.