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The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is underway. This is a race that tests the physical and mental toughness of the sledders and their dogs; a one thousand mile race across tough Alaskan terrain. It takes more than a week to finish, so the leader can build up some distance over the others in the field, but that's not always the case.

What is the closest finish in the Iditarod race?
1. one hour
2. one minute
3. by a nose

The answer is: 3. by a nose

According to the website for the Iditarod race, the closest finish happened in 1978.  The website says Dick Mackey finished one second ahead of Rick Swenson. Mackey's time was 14 days, 18 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds. The winner was decided by the nose of the lead dog across the finish line.  By the way, according to the race website, the fastest time for the Iditarod was in 2011, when John Baker broke the record. He crossed the finish line in 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds.

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