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The Iditarod is Underway

The 2013 Iditarod sled dog race across 1,000 miles of snowy wilderness in Alaska, from Anchorage to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska’s western coast, started on Saturday.  The footage that’s coming in from the race is stunning and awe-inspiring, and I mean, awwww-inspiring. ^_^

Cindy Abbott drives her team along the Chester Creek Greenbelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These dogs couldn't be more excited to trek through the Alaskan wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Keith puts booties on one of John Baker's sled dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Surenant's dogs rest at the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska

Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser leaves the Rohn checkpoint

Ramey Smyth's dogs are eager to get off before the ceremonial start

A musher and dog team cross the ice between the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints in Alaska

 

Christine Roalofs rests with her dogs at the Finger Lake checkpoint

 

Anna Berington negotiates a steep drop off in the trail after departing the Finger Lake checkpoint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expect another post when a winner has crossed the finish line!

 

http://iditarod.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9915510/The-2013-Iditarod-sled-dog-race-across-1000-miles-of-snowy-wilderness-in-Alaska.html?frame=2503213

 

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