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Sorlie holds early lead in Iditarod

Updated: April 28, 2005, 7:34 PM ET
By Steve Wilstein | Associated Press — March 9, 2005

NIKOLAI, Alaska — Dogs, not mushers, are tested for steroids, stimulants and other performance-enhancing drugs in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

That says something about which ones are the real athletes in this 1,100-mile journey over snow and ice.

These knee-high Alaskan huskies and other mixed breeds, weighing on average about 45 pounds, run silently and openmouthed over frozen rivers, lakes and mountains. They bark only when they know they're getting ready to leave a checkpoint, ...

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