The Iditarod is an annual race from Anchorage to Nome - over 1000 miles by dog sled. The ceremonial start is always in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, with a restart the following day in Nome. This year, the race was moved to start in Fairbanks, but the ceremony in Anchorage was unchanged.
Lance Mackey preparing to lead his dogs to the Ceremonial Start of the 43rd Annual Iditarod.
Mitch Seavey's dog team getting restless.
Mitch Seavey on his way to the starting line.
One of Monica Zappa's sled dogs poking out from its kennel.
Emotions run high when the pups are waiting to run!