For only the third time in the 45 years since the inception of the Iditarod race, there is too little snow in Anchorage to start the race. So lucky for me, this year they started in Fairbanks, and I got to see the action up close. You can visit my channel to see video footage of some of the mushers at the start and right before they get to the start. Here is real video of mushers at the start in 2017. One of my favorite bits was seeing the dogs as their excitement builds right before they hit the starting line. My most favorite moment can be seen below as 4 time winner and reigning champ Dallas Seavey spent his two minutes right before his starting bell by taking a moment with each of his dogs. He got back on his sled with just 5 seconds to spare. I didn’t watch all the mushers in their final pre-moments, but this one was pretty great.
It was really fun to see how differently the mushers choose to arrange their sleds and prepare.
Lots of people come out to cheer on the mushers, not just here at the start but out on the rivers and at towns all along the route.
My first vantage point was at this picture above. I was right at their first downhill turn where they can start to pick up speed. Mushers need to be careful controlling their sleds so they don’t tip or run into the crowds of people.
After watching the first mushers head out, I walked closer to the official start point, where mushers hug their loved ones before heading out on a long and dangerous adventure.
The dogs are so excited to get running
and we all LOve Alaska!
It’s fun to see everyone come out and support the efforts of these mushers who love their dogs and carry on the spirit of the first great race, where lives were saved.