Lack of snow doesn’t hinder Iditarod start

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The show went on in Alaska on Saturday morning for the ceremonial start of the world’s most famous sled dog race.

Snow had to be brought in from Fairbanks to make sure the event was held in the unseasonably warm Anchorage, but the fan-friendly start to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race went off without a hitch.

Fan-favorite musher Aliy Zirkle has finished in the top five the last four years. She says the ceremonial start is the most fun day of the Iditarod because mushers get to show off their sport for the fans.

The race turns serious on Sunday with the competitive start of the nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska to Nome for the 85 mushers.

Zirkle describes that as “pull up your britches” time.