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Vying to be Top Dog in Alaska

March 14, 1997
Web posted at: 12:00 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- Dogs from around the world are traveling first-class to Fairbanks, Alaska, but they won't be relaxing when they get there. The teams and their mushers are participating in the oldest continously-held sled dog race, the Alascom North American Championship.

The "Limited" races start Friday, with teams of no more than eight dogs. The 51st "Open," with unlimited pup-power, begins on March 21.

Teams dash through the frigid cold for three days, covering 68 miles of frozen turf. More than 5,000 spectactors are expected.

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