Hundreds of people lined up under sunny skies with temperatures in the 20s below zero to cheer on the mushers of the 2020 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Feb. 1 in downtown Fairbanks.

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Crowds of people stand around the chute, watching Brent Sass hug a support team member, before he sets off on the race. ALISTAIR GARDINER / NE…

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Veteran Yukon Quest musher Cody Strathe and his team are the second ones down the start chute in downtown Fairbanks on Saturday.

Richie Beattie of Two Rivers heads out of the starting chute of the 2020 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. La…