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In photos: Iditarod re-start in Willow

Stop and Go signs near the race re-start

The Last Great Race begins twice – in two very different ways.

The Ceremonial Start, in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, is, in some ways, rather un-Iditarod-like. While the race itself is often solitary, unfolding over wild expanses of rural terrain, the Saturday Iditarod start is the exact opposite: overflowing with visitors, boisterous in style, and condensed into Alaska’s biggest, most populous city.

It’s on Sunday, with the Iditarod re-start, that the race begins in earnest: the competitors are now on-the-clock, and everything feels a little more down-to-earth.