ANCHORAGE, Alaska (STORYFUL) - The 67 teams begin the grueling 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in earnest on Sunday, but on Saturday, March 3, the ceremonial start in Anchorage drew cheers from those lining the streets to see the dogs and mushers.
One team’s second sled driver took a spill on a turn but got back up and went on his way, smiling and waving to the crowds.
It's called "The last great race on Earth" and takes sledders and their dogs from Anchorage, in south central Alaska to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.
Through mountains, rivers, forests, tundras, and windy coasts, mushers and their teams of dogs brave extreme conditions, with temperatures far below zero.
People from all walks of life, from all over the world, compete in the race, which is put on by hundreds of volunteers who do everything from organizing the race to provide family support for participants.
The race’s restart begins in Willow on Sunday morning.