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The Junior Iditarod, the longest race in Alaska for competitors under 18, is a chance for young mushers to prove their skills.<br/>  Marlena Sloss for The New York Times
The Junior Iditarod, the longest race in Alaska for competitors under 18, is a chance for young mushers to prove their skills.
Marlena Sloss for The New York Times - Big Lake, Alaska
2 Days, 10 Dogs, 150 Miles in the Wilderness: This Is the Iditarod for Teens

When Morgan Martens, 14, stepped off his sled at the Junior Iditarod end line after 16 hours 40 minutes 20 seconds of mushing, his grin was barely seen beneath his heat layers.

His profitable time apart, he had accomplished a feat that few 14-year-olds try: main a staff of 10 sled canine on a two-day race of practically 150 miles by way of the Alaskan wilderness.

The Junior Iditarod, the longest race in Alaska for opponents beneath 18, is an opportunity for younger mushers to show an uncommon set of expertise. They must know how you can steer a sled, use survival tools, courageous the icy winds and keep away from hypothermia.

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