They're off! One of the first teams heads down the 1000-mile trail to Whitehorse, Yukon.
The Yukon Quest sled dog race started on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks this morning in the crisp -40F (-40C) air and bright pre-spring sunshine. About 25 mushers headed out into the Alaskan bush in one of the toughest races that traverses several mountain ranges, the Yukon River, and some of the coldest valleys in North America. It will take the teams 10-days or more of sleepless nights to reach Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada.
Veteran racer and Yukon Quest and Iditarod champion Lance Mackey departs the start line. The race start was packed with spectators even though the temperature was some 70 degrees Farenheit below the freezing point.
A group of us walked to the race start from Dea and Bens house through the thinning ice fog.
We were all decked out in our warmest arctic clothing as we posed downtown on the Chena River