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Leading the pack

Sleepless nights and 12 days driving a team of 16 dogs more than 1,000 miles in the dangerously frigid cold in Alaska is not for the faint of heart. But for 15 women, the Iditarod is the chance to show that if you want to do something you can do it. Just ask DeeDee Jonrowe and Jessie Royer, who currently sit in the Top 10 in the final days of the race.

Updated: March 15, 2011, 10:50 AM ET
By Elaine K. Howley

A battle is being waged across the frozen expanses of the Alaskan wilds, and it has nothing to do with the state's most recognizable political figure. There are, however, several women involved who are proving they have what it takes to run with the "big dogs."

Veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe of Willow, Alaska sits in ninth place, while Jessie Royer of Fairbanks, Alaska currently holds 10th place in the final days of the race.

The Iditarod, known to Alaskans as "The Last ...

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