Showtime on Fourth Avenue

Today is the day. Sixty-six Iditarod mushers — 15 rookies and 51 veterans — will line up on Fourth Avenue to run their teams 11 miles through the heart of Anchorage.Most mushers have planned for this for years. At last they’re ready to pull their snow hooks under the banner on Fourth Avenue, to start the adventure of a lifetime.The air vibrates with anticipation — dogs lunge and bark while mushers attend to a million details and wonder about the journey ahead: the trail, the weather, the unforeseeable conditions and obstacles to be overcome by one and all before arriving as a winner, each in his own way, in Nome.But before the real test begins, it’s showtime on Fourth Avenue: the ceremonial start.Read more here:


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