ANCHORAGE, Alaska (March 1, 2013)—The annual Iditarod sled dog race kicks off Saturday with an 11-mile trot through Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.
The real competition begins Sunday in Willow 50 miles to the north in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Sixty-six mushers and their dog teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile journey through the wilderness to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska's western coast.
The competitors include defending champion Dallas Seavey, 25, the youngest musher ever to win.
Whoever reaches Nome first wins a new truck and a cash prize of $50,400.
The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.