I can confirm that Iditarod 2015 will go down in history as one of the wackiest, ever. Rain, hail, wind, and bright sunshine greeted thousands of race fans, hundreds of sled dogs, and 78 mushers for today’s Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage.
AKontheGO was there, providing PR support for musher Bryan Bearss, #48, who has taken the reins of injured cohort Karin Hendrickson’s team. I was able to spend a few hours capturing behind-the-scenes images for those of you unable to witness the hard work and dedication it takes to make a race of this magnitude possible.
The Restart (often referred to as the “real” start) begins Monday, March 9 in Fairbanks, thanks to a lack of snow over many parts of the trail. While I did have every intention of trundling AK Kid and I to the Restart event, unforseen illness has laid me down, flat. Rest assured, though, I’ll be providing updates for many top mushers participating in Iditarod 2015, and there is bound to be a few surprises.
Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of this amazing day. There is no other race like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and how could there be? There is no other place like Alaska.