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Alan Hallman has spent 13 years as race vet at the Yukon Quest sled dog race crosses over parts of Alaska and Yukon.

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Yukon dog race captured one man’s heart

It’s daybreak and before anyone else is stirring, Star Valley veterinarian Alan Hallman sneaks away from the pack. His heavy, knee-high boots crunching over the tundra break the frozen silence. When he reaches the Yukon River, Hallman sits down in the snow and looks back — marveling at the vast, undisturbed wilderness of Alaska and how he managed to make it back another year to one of the world’s greatest races. Hours later, the small village Hallman and his veterinarian team are shacked up in is shaken awake by dozens of barking mutts.

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