The remaining teams in the 2009 Iditarod are facing sub-zero temperatures, 35 mph winds and drifting snow as they try to complete the race from Willow to Nome, Alaska. Two more dogs have died. Search parties were sent out yesterday to check on three mushers who were overdue for their checkpoints. One of them, Lou Packer, a doctor from Wasilla, had to be airlifted to safety.

Although all of the teams are outfitted with GPS devices this year so officials can monitor their progress, modern technology doesn't alleviate the harsh conditions of the race. PETA has complained for years that the race is cruel to the dogs. The Humane Society says racing is OK, but opposes the Iditarod in its current form. Proponents say the dogs love to run and point out that veterinarians keep a close watch on the animals before and during the race.

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So far, three dogs have died this year. Do you think the race is too dangerous?

Photo: Canadian musher Sebastian Schnuelle drives his team off of Norton Bay and into the Koyuk, Alaska, checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday. (AP)

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