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Just five hours after the start of the race, dog teams made their way to the Iditarod’s first checkpoint – the small village of Nenana. After the 60 mile commute, teams settled in for the night while other teams grabbed their gear and kept going strong down the river. Windy and chilling temperatures gathered mushers and their families into the Nenana Tribal Hall where they enjoyed hot refreshments, and snacks. Some caught up on sleep and others used the time to chat with village members. As the night settled in, dogs received a fresh set of booties from their mushers and a comfy warm bed of hay to sleep in.