Go dogs go (Iditarod start, Anchorage, Alaska)
Before I moved to Alaska, I didn’t know anything about Iditarod except that it was a multi-day sled dog race. In Alaska, it’s the main event. This year the race is ~1000 miles long and should take about 9 days if the weather holds. 66 teams are competing, 16 of those are led by women. The start of the race was sunny and warm today, but it can quickly turn brutal, with whiteout conditions due to fog, snow or ice storms and windchill temperatures of -100°F (-73°C). Only half the teams will likely reach the finish in Nome, Alaska.
Most teams are sponsored, but first place also earns $50,000, a new truck, and local celebrity for dogs and humans alike.