Reece Roberts on March 5 explains how he coordinates communications from checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in remote parts of rural Alaska back to a war room set up in a hotel space in Anchorage, Alaska. Fifty-one mushers as of Friday are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds. However, their progress is monitored from several hotel rooms in Anchorage whose 24/7 occupants are the Iditarod’s electronic eyes and ears. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Reece Roberts on March 5 explains how he coordinates communications from checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in remote parts of rural Alaska back to a war room set up in a hotel space in Anchorage, Alaska. Fifty-one mushers as of Friday are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds. However, their progress is monitored from several hotel rooms in Anchorage whose 24/7 occupants are the Iditarod’s electronic eyes and ears. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

High-tech help connects fans to off-the-grid Iditarod race

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