by Kevin Wells
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A record field, a half dozen former champions and more than 1,500 of the world's most elite endurance athletes will take part in this year's Last Great Race.
Iditarod XXXVI should be one for the books.
This year's race might just have as many contenders for top five finishes as any before in history, with all of the participants looking to become number one.
Kjetil Backen has had two top 10 Iditarod finishes.
"It takes 16 dogs and a musher," Backen said. "It's a long way. If you have good luck, a magic team, you can do a good job."
Backen's last competed in Iditarod XXXII back in 2004, when he came in third place. He'll be looking to capture a third title for team Norway, but Backen will have to surge past Martin Buser and Jeff King, each hungry to join the five-timers club.