The Iditarod is often called the "last great race on earth". Mushers race their sled dog teams across the Iditarod Historic Trail in Alaska. They begin the race with 16 dogs. At least six dogs must be tethered when the teams cross the finish line in Nome. It can take more than fifteen days to run the Iditarod but the fastest that it's been run was just over eight days.
Anchorage is the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race but the restart is where the competition begins. Normally the restart happens in WIllow. However: a decrease in snow this year negatively impacted trail conditions. Similar conditions in 2003 forced officials to restart in Fairbanks.
There was speculation that the 2014 Iditarod restart would again be moved to Fairbanks. However; race officials with the Iditarod Trail Committee announced on Monday that the restart will take place in WIllow as scheduled.
The ceremonial start begins March 1 in Anchorage. The restart is in Willow on March 2. View the 2014 Iditarod Musher list here: iditarod.com/race/2014/mushers/
Photo credit: Me :)
I photographed these sled dogs at Denali National Park; Denali, Alaska.