“You have to expect everything and anything,” Palin said. “It’s brutal.” One of the most brutal aspects is the terrain. The toughest surfaces in the state can be found along the Iron Dog route. Racers must take care of themselves and maintain their expensive snowmachines if they hope to contend. Many teams will start the big race, but not all will finish it. Temperatures ranging from 40 above to well below zero take a toll.
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