ANCHORAGE, Alaska—With the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s signup period now over, at least 59 adventure-seeking men and women will tackle the trail in 2011. Nine of last year’s top 10 are back, and 18 of the top 20.
Late additions to the field included big-name mushers John Baker, Cim Smyth and the race’s only five-time champion, Rick Swenson. But 2010 champion Lance Mackey, winner of the last four years straight, is looking to provide Swenson a little company in that elite circle.
Race officials are expecting three more entries that were postmarked prior to the signup deadline at midnight Wednesday.
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