Iditarod Teams Start Heading Out of Fairbanks Into Alaska’s Big Chill
Image: IditarodDay1-170306-002.jpg 11 a.m. Monday, 71 teams in the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began leaving Fairbanks in temperatures rising from the minus 30s recorded overnight. One by one, teams left the snowy starting line on Hoselton Road at two-minute intervals and briefly traveled down city streets before turning right and dropping onto the frozen Chena River.
Author: Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch News
FAIRBANKS — The race to Nome has officially begun. Crowds of people bundled in layers of jackets and heavy boots cheered near the starting line, some climbing up snow banks for a better view. There were plenty of high-fives for the departing mushers.