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Iditarod 2013: Meet the mushers

#2, Martin Buser, Big Lake, Alaska
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#3, Scott Janssen, Anchorage, Alaska
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#4 Jodi Bailey, Chatanika, Alaska
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#5, Lance Mackey, Fairbanks, Alaska
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#6, Ken Anderson, Fairbanks, Alaska
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#7, Michelle Phillips, Tagish, Yukon, Canada
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#8, Newton Marshall, St. Anne, Jamaica
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#9, Kelley Griffin, Wasilla, Alaska
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#10, Peter Kaiser, Bethel, Alaska
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#11, Paul Gebhardt, Kasilof, Alaska
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#12, Jason Mackey, Wasilla, Alaska
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#13, John Baker, Kotzebue, Alaska
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#14, Paige Drobny, Fairbanks, Alaska
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#15, Charley Bejna, Addison, Illinois
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#16, Nicolas Petit, Girdwood, Alaska
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#17, Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, Minnesota
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#18, Jeff King, Denali, Alaska
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#19, Dallas Seavey, Willow, Alaska
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#20, Kristy Berington, Kasilof, Alaska
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#21, Gerry Willomitzer, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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#22, Travis Beals, Seward, Alaska
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#23, Robert Bundtzen, Anchorage, Alaska
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#24, Aaron Burmeister, Nome, Alaska.
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#25, Kelly Maixner, Big Lake, Alaska
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#26, Jan Steves, Edmonds, Washington
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#27, Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers, Alaska
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#28, DeeDee Jonrowe, Willow, Alaska
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#29, Karin Hendrickson, Wasilla, Alaska
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#30, Jessie Royer, Darby, Montana
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#31, Anna Berington, Kasilof, Alaska
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#32, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Roros, Norway
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#33, Michael Suprenant, Chugiak, Alaska
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#34, Justin Savidis, Willow, Alaska
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#35, Mike Williams, Sr., Akiak, Alaska
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#36, Mitch Seavey, Seward, Alaska
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#37, Christine Roalofs, Anchorage, Alaska
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#38, Ramey Smyth, Willow, Alaska
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#39, Rudy Demoski, Sr., Wasilla, Alaska
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#40, Angie Taggart, Ketchikan, Alaska
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#41, Ed Stielstra, McMillian, Michigan
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#42, Linwood Fiedler, Willow, Alaska
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#43, Bob Chlupach, Willow, Alaska
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#44, Jake Berkowitz, Big Lake, Alaska
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#45, Curt Perano, Queenstown, New Zealand
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#46, Michael Williams, Jr., Akiak, Alaska
#47, Luan Ramos Marques, Macae, Brazil
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#48, Allen Moore, Two Rivers, Alaska
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#49, Gerald Sousa, Talkeetna, Alaska
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#50, Mike Ellis, Two Rivers, Alaska
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#51, Cim Smyth, Big Lake, Alaska
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#52, Ray Redington Jr, Wasilla, Alaska
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#53, Louie Ambrose, St. Michael, Alaska
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#54, Jessica Hendricks, Two Rivers, Alaska
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#55, Josh Cadzow, Fort Yukon, Alaska
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#56, David Sawatzky, Healy, Alaska
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#57, Wade Marrs, Wasilla, Alaska
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#58, Aaron Peck, Bezanson, Alberta, Canada
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#59, Jim Lanier, Chugiak, Alaska
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#60, Cindy Abbott, Irvine, California
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#61, Matt Failor, Big Lake, Alaska
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#62, Brent Sass, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska
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#63, Mikhail Telpin, Yanrakkynot, Chukotka, Russia
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#64, Matt Giblin, Sterling, Alaska
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#65, Richie Diehl, Aniak, Alaska
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#66, James Volek, Big Lake, Alaska
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#67, Sonny Lindner, Two Rivers, Alaska
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While the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race might be defined by booties and fur-rimmed parkas, the banquet can be a different beast all together. There are still Carhartts and Bunny Boots and plenty of polar fleece pull-overs, but among the usual is the unusual.

Take for instance the "Distance Divas" – veteran mushers Jodi Bailey, Kelley Griffin and Michelle Phillips – who have a long-standing banquet tradition of hitting up a local thrift shop before the event and picking out the most fabulous frocks they can find.

"Mushers don't get out a lot," Phillips said, wearing a dark blue satin cocktail dress and matching headband. "And we definitely don't get a chance to dress up."

But amid the the dress up (or lack thereof) is a purpose. The banquet serves as the last official gathering before mushers head to downtown Anchorage Saturday for the ceremonial start of the 41st running of the race. It's at the banquet that mushers get to greet fans, get an early scoop on the competition and -- most importantly -- draw their bib numbers.

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