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Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race gains GPS, cellphones and live streaming

Darren Murph

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We were actually pretty shocked at just how stellar the AT&T coverage was during a recent jaunt to Anchorage and Fairbanks, but we're guessing it'll take a satellite phone or two to make calls from the Alaskan wilderness. Whatever the case, the 2011 edition of the Iditarod is being hailed as the most technologically advanced ever, with mushers having "custom-made sleds with adjustable runners for varying snow conditions and, starting this year, GPS devices to check on their progress." Phones and live streaming arrangements will be keeping the world tuned in to the 1,150 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, and if fate has its way, the hot-natured, Red Stripe-drinking kid from Jamaica will take home the gold. C'mon -- who wouldn't want to see Cool Runnings 2: Dog Sled Edition?

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