We had the pleasure of traveling to Anchorage, Alaska last week for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, the "Last Great Race on Earth". It was a real party! TV crews, Newspaper reporters, Local politicians, and Thousands of people from all over the world converged on the otherwise quiet city of Anchorage to cheer the dogs and their mushers on to victory!
Seeing and hearing a team of sled dogs thundering by only a few feet away is so exciting! I couldn't take my eyes off these amazing animals! Check out this short video of the ceremonial race start:
I discovered that just a little further away from the finish line the track narrowed considerably and we were able to get up close and personal as the sled dog teams passed by. Turns out these were the best seats in the house! I captured a few more awesome videos like this one:
There were all sorts of characters milling around Anchorage at the starting line. Holy Hanna, I was almost LUNCH!!
|Look! Even Chewbacca came out for the race. No that's not me in the photo with Chewbacca.|
|These dogs are having a snack of slump before the race begins.|
|The Mushers and their teams are really dedicated, they all want to make the 1,000+ mile journey to Nome!|
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