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It was hard to hold a conversation in downtown Anchorage Saturday morning, as the crowd cheered and roared for the start of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
But as loud as it was at the start of the race, there was a moment of silence.
A group of activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals held a funeral for five dogs that died during last year's Iditarod. One of them died of suspected overheating in a plane, while being transported from a checkpoint -- an incident that prompted Iditarod officials to change race policies.