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Courtesy Photo In this undated photo, Kelly Maixner of Big Lake, Alaska, slaps hands with spectators during the 2013 Iditarod. Maixner was a Beach High School graduate is set to compete in his fourth Iditarod.

Training to win: Maixner, a Beach High School graduate, is set to compete in his 4th straight Iditarod

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When Kelly Maixner opened his dental practice in Wasilla, Alaska, this year, he wanted to set his own hours.

Maixner wanted to work his own schedule so he could devote as much time as he possibly could to training his sled dogs for their biggest race of the season — the Iditarod.

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