40th Iditarod Underway in Alaska

66 teams head to Nome

A team of dogs at the 37th Iditarod

A team of dogs at the 37th Iditarod     Photo: Alaskan Dude

The 40th Iditarod began on Sunday in Willow, Alaska with 66 teams competing for more than $500,000 in prize money at sled-dog racing's most prestigious race. Wasilla, Alaska's Ray Redington Jr. holds an early lead over Hugh Neff and four-time champion Lance Mackey through the Rainy Pass checkpoint. The fastest teams are expected to finish in eight or nine days after covering nearly 1,050 miles on the way to Nome, Alaska.

Read more at the Anchorage Daily News

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