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Photos: Koyuk bustles with Iditarod activity

Mitch Seavey coming into Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Mitch Seavey taking booties off his dogs in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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A tired Mitch Seavey waits for water to heat up so he can feed his dogs. March 11, 2013
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Jeff King arrived second into Koyuk, but blew through to take the lead from Mitch Seavey. March 11, 2013
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Jeff King passes Mitch Seavey in the Koyuk checkpoint, taking the lead. March 11, 2013
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Mitch Seavey watches Jeff King steal the lead in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle arrives in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle mushing into the Koyuk checkpoint. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr. mushes across the sea ice and into Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister on the sea ice between Shaktoolik and Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister on the sea ice between Shaktoolik and Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle tends to her dogs in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Sonny Lindner in Koyuk. On the trail into Koyuk, teams experienced the coldest temperatures of the race so far, at two degrees below zero. March 11, 2013
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2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey feeds his dogs in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle and Ray Redington, Jr. test the runners on Ray's sled in Koyuk. There are different kinds of runners for different temperatures. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr. getting ready to leave Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr., left, and Aaron Burmeister talk about the race in Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle gives a Koyuk resident a high-five as she leaves town. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle departs the Koyuk checkpoint. March 11, 2013
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Aliy Zirkle helps her dogs through an overflow outside Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr., left, and Aliy Zirkle leave Koyuk close behind leader Jeff King and Mitch Seavey. March 11, 2013
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Aaron Burmeister mushes past an overflow on the sea ice outside Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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At dawn on March 11, former Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey arrived with 10 dogs in Koyuk, a village on the Seward Peninsula and the prospect of a second Iditarod title just 170 miles away. Seavey had covered 50 miles from Shaktoolik to Koyuk at an average speed of 7.75 mph.

But as he rested his team, four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King came through the checkpoint, grabbing the lead in the 1,000-mile race across Alaska for the first time. For veterans King, 57, and Seavey, 53, a head-to-head encounter is nothing new. They’ve been matching dog teams at Alaska’s top sled-dog races for decades.

READ MORE: 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race