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Mushing Mortician
In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs. Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)