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Alaska’s Iditarod to kick off



Published: Sat, March 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

The world’s most famous sled dog race kicks off today with an 11-mile-long trot through Alaska’s largest city.

Think of the short jaunt in Anchorage as the festival part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

This is the time relaxed mushers will smile and pose for photos, waving at crowds as they leisurely sail along streets covered with trucked-in snow.

But watch out for Sunday, when the real competition begins in Willow, 50 miles to the north.

Gone will be the big easy grins as tense mushers and their leaping dogs begin the 1,000-mile trek through unpredictable wilderness to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska’s western coast.


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1kurtw(844 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The "Iditarod" almost make me want to become a PETA activist. If the drivers want to brutalize themselves, it's their choice (God Bless them), but, it seems to me, they have no right to subject an innocent animal to that kind of torture.

How would it be if the canine quadrupeds were the whip crackers and the idiot bipeds (us) had to run all those cold miles in harness? I can't watch anything like that without being disgusted. Every year some of those dogs die- the two-legged whippers generally survive to enjoy their post-race beer parties. I think it's disgusting.

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