The Last Great Race began with full pomp and fanfare – not to mention, warm weather and sunny skies – on Saturday in Anchorage.
Here are a few moments from the Ceremonial Start.
A dog team awaits the Ceremonial Start near Anchorage’s 5th Avenue.
A stuffed dog sits on a stack of hay near Nicholas Petit’s team before the Ceremonial Start.
Bib 42, belonging to musher Cindy Gallea.
Accomplished Bethel musher Pete Kaiser greets friends and media next to his team on Saturday morning, before the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage.
From above 5th Avenue, a bear – and a few second- and third-story onlookers – observed the commotion for the Iditarod Ceremonial Start.
Lining 5th Avenue for the Ceremonial Start.
The dog team of Michael Williams, Jr., moments after his Saturday start.
The dogs of Norway musher Yvonne Dabakk sprint down 5th Avenue.
Iditarod veteran Aliy Zirkle greets fans moments after her start.
Nome’s own Aaron Burmeister mushes down 5th Avenue.
Kotzebue’s Iditarod champion John Baker at the Saturday race start.
With characteristic flair, Tok, Alaska’s Hugh Neff mushed through downtown Anchorage on Saturday.